Kaleido by Silkie B.

Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

Baby Knit – Update! August 19, 2011

I am glad that I have finally finished the baby sweater and hat set for my friend Glenna. They are safely in Glenna’s hand so that she can give them to her god-daughter. Thank you so much for my friend Karen to take the picture for the finished project. I have tons of cute pictures with baby Nia modeling the sweater and hat… but for now.. this is the only picture that I can share.

Do stay tune for more pictures for this project.

 

Tiny Baby Knit July 30, 2011


Back in April, my friend, Glenna, asked me whether I would be able to knit something for her niece(?) whom is expecting a baby in August. I remembered I told her ‘Sure.. I think I can do something if I am not too busy…’ I always love baby stuff… they are so tiny…. so cute…

As July comes to the end, I realized that time indeed flies.. and I remembered I have a baby sweater need to get done sometime in August. I have no idea when the baby is coming, all I know is gonna be a boy. So a couple days ago, I quickly went through my stash of kid friendly yarn and sketched my design for a baby cable pullover.

Here is a pic of my process… spent a few hrs last night to start it.. Now all I need is fast fingers for some speed knitting to get the sweater done.. and better be soon! Need some serious praying.

WIP

 

Kaleido’s Book of Hands July 11, 2011


I am putting together a collection of my gloves and mittens designs from 2010-2011 into one eBook, tentatively called Kaleido’s Book of Hands. Each of these designs are currently available for sale individually at Ravelry.com.

Kaleido’s Book of Hands will include four designs: Bonnie, Victoria, Misty and Maneisha. You will get a saving on getting this collection eBook than each individual pattern separately. I am still working on the format of the ebook and it will make available at Ravelry.com once I have done the editing.

Stay tune!

 

Introducing Ecole Militaire July 5, 2011

Ecole militaire


I would like to introduce my newly published design, Ecole Militaire, for the September Issue of Creative Knitting. I was excited to see that the design has made it to the cover of the magazine. It is a total surprised for me and it made my very stressful morning at work a great relief. Ecole Militaire is probably one of the most complicated design for me but I always wanted to create a double-breasted sweater jacket and I decided to go for it. I have read someone have commented that Ecole Militaire is similar to Veronik Avery’s Military Cardigan and I felt honor to the comparison because I love everything designed by Ms Avery.

Here is the description of the design:

This structured piece does the job fashionably with a military-look, double-breasted construction and meandering cable panels.

Skill Level:
Intermediate

Finished Measurements:
Chest: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52) inches
Length: 26 (27, 28, 29, 30) inches, including collar

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn (110 yds/ 50g ball): 13 (14, 16, 17,
19) balls black cherry heather #23895 Sample project was completed with Wool of the Andes (100% wool) from Knit Picks.
Size 6 (4mm) set of double-point needles and 40-inch or longer circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 8 (5mm) set of double-point needles and 40-inch or longer circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Cable needle
12 or 14 (1 1/4-inch) buttons (depending on size)

Gauge:
20 sts and 38 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Garter St pat with smaller needles (after blocking).
20 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches/10cm in 3/2 Rib pat with smaller needles (after blocking and slightly stretched).
20 sts and 27 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Small Cable pat with larger needles (after blocking).
32 sts and 36 rows = 5 1/2 inches/14cm in Cable Panel with larger needles (after blocking).
To save time, take time to check gauge.

For anyone who is interested in the pattern, please pick up a copy of the Sept. Issue of Creative Knitting and if you question with the pattern, please feel free to drop me a line.

Happy Knitting!

 

Maneisha is live!

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After all the delay, the pattern for my first design for my Accessory Collection, 2011, Maneisha, has completed and live at Ravelry.com. For the Accessory Collection, 2011, I wanted to create a collection that is functional and with different skill levels for all knitters. Maneisha is a fingerless mittens design that combined Eyelet Cable Rib and a texture stitch… I wanted to create a design that is fun for experienced knitters and also fun for beginner who would like to experience basic cable and lace knitting and also using magic loop method.

Here is the basic information about Maneisha:

SIZE
One Size fit most

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Arm Circumference: 7.5 inches without stretch
Length: Can be varies depending on each individual preference

MATERIALS
Yarn: tern by Quince & Co. (75% American Wool, 25% Silk; 221 yd [202m]/50 g)
Back Bay (148); 1 skein

NOTE: Substitute tern with any fine yarn that maintains the same gauge.

RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZES
Ribbing and Hand – Size 1 (2.25 mm): 29 circular (cir) needle or longer for magic loop method. Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.
Wrist – Size 2 (2.75 mm): 29 circular (cir) or longer for magic loop method. Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTE: If you prefer using dpn, please substitute the same size as the circular needle

NOTIONS
2 Waste yarn or a spare pair of circular needle, 2 stitch markers, Tapestry needle

GAUGE
32 sts and 35 rows = 4 inches in Eyelet Cable Rib st with Size 2(2.75 mm) needle
26 sts and 40 rows = 4 inches in Dot Stitch with Size 1 (2.25 mm) needle
34 sts and 40 rows = 4 inches in Twisted Ribbing Stitch with Size 1 (2.25 mm) needle

The pattern include detailed instruction, chart and instruction on magic loop method.

A special thanks to my friend, Suzanne, at Sphotoart for taking pictures for my design.

As always, if you have any question, please feel free to contact me.

If you would like to purchase this pattern, simple clicks here:

Happy Knitting!!!

 

Maneisha – A preview June 6, 2011

Introducting Maneisha – First Design for Kaleido Accessory 2011

Maneisha

 

A yarn called ‘tern’ May 18, 2011


‘tern’ is a fine weight yarn from Quinco & Co. that consists of 75% American Wool and 25% Silk, and ‘tern’ is my favorite fine weight yarn for the moment. ‘tern’ comes in 12 colors and I love the subtleness of the each color… and to me the best part of this yarn is how easy it is to work with and the way it showcases different stitches.

I leave you now with a couple swatches that I made with ‘tern’ and a little preview on what’s coming for my Accessory Collection 2011 that hopefully will be available by this Fall.

So what projects will I be using these swatches? Gloves? Socks? Cowl? Hat? I would love to keep it a secret for now.

A big ‘Thank You’ to Suzanne from SP Photoart for taking the pictures.

 

Easy Breezy Shores May 16, 2011

Breeze Shore - Creative Knitting July 2011

Just like the title said, an easy breezy cardigan that is perfect for the warm climate. This is my cardigan design that is currently published in the July 2011 issue of Creative Knitting.

This lightweight cardigan is worked in fine sock yarn with size 4 needles…. it is also mostly seamless.. I said mostly because there are 2 seams to join the shoulder together. The entire cardigan is work in one piece from bottom up till the arm shaping; then the back piece and 2 front pieces are worked separately. The 3rd quarter sleeves are worked from top down and sleeves caps are shaped using short-row after the shoulder seams are joined. The lace border is worked in such a way that is joined to the front side while knitting it. Hence, there is no sewing the border to the cardigan afterward. Of course, it’s up to personal preference to how to work the lace border.

I love minimal design; clean, classic and very practical; so this cardigan in a way is very me. As always, if you have question of the design, feel free to leave me a message.

Happy Knitting!

 

Introducing Hourglass Lace Socks May 3, 2011

Hourglass Lace Socks

Summer is almost here… time to knit some SOCKS! Well.. you can basically knit socks all year long but a pair of lace socks in the summer would be a fun project. Summer issue of Interweave Knits will be on sales soon and I am excited to be one of the contributor. Let me introduce my Hourglass Lace Socks… for those of you have seen my ‘Bonnie’ fingerless mittens in my previous post or at Ravelry might find this socks design familiar.

Hourglass Lace Socks


The truth is, I have designed both mittens and socks at the same time – around fall last year to be exact. Since the design is inspired by my sister ‘Bonnie’, I wanted to make a pair for her for the holiday and I wanted to showcase the design and the story behind the design in my blog. After finished the fingerless mittens, I have decided to modify the design to work into a pair of lace socks.. and this socks design resulting in the summer publication of Interweave… it’s a honor to be part of the issue.


So here come the details:

Hourglass Lace Socks


Finished Size: 7½” circumference and 8½” long from back of heel to tip of toe; to fit women’s U.S. shoe sizes 8–9. Foot length is adjustable.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Quatro (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon; 437 yd [400 m]/100 g): #5668 purple, 1 skein.
Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm): 29″ circular (cir) or longer for magic-loop method. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge (see Notes).
Notions: Marker (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
Gauge: 32 sts and 42 rnds = 4″ in patt st.

As always, if you have any question with any of my patterns, feel free to contact me… I try to response as quick as possible.

Cheers!

 

A Close Call… April 23, 2011

Like I said in my previous post that I have not knitted anything for the past couple of months… so last week, I have decided that I should start looking at submitting design again and back to my knitting self… what I am not sure at this moment is to whether I should concentrate on publish pattern on the online magazine or on actual Magazine or just published my design as idie pattern for my own site….

Anyhow, last week, I decided to start with something small… so I naturally decided on a pair of fingerless mittens.. as for yarn.. looking through my stash… I have a few skeins of tern by Quince and Co. already winded in varies color… so I chose one of the more subtle color and cast on… as for the design, I decided to choose a combination of eyelet cable and texture stitch.. the eyelet cable stitch will be featured in the arm and wrist area, eyelet rib as the divider, and the hand potion will feature a simple texture stitch…. After I finished the first fingerless mitten, I am loving the outcome of the design so much that I went ahead and work on the second mitten.. It might sound strange that I said ‘I went ahead and work on the second mitten’.. often time when I work on a submission, I will only work on a sample, so it is not unusual for me not to actually finish a pair of mittens or socks… in fact I have quite a few single mitten or sock laying around… Anyhow, as I was working on my second mitten, I suddenly realized that I might run out of yarn. For a designer, you should always calculate the amount of yarn needed for a project before starting to knit… so what happened to me then? That idea of running out of yarn did not even come across my mind… what a shame…

As I go further along with my second mitten, I saw the ball of yarn kept getting smaller and smaller.. it alarmed me. I just prayed that I would have enough yarn to finish it. I have a few idea in my head of course just in case if I ran out of yarn.. such as potentially work in a alternate color to create a stripe pattern for the upper potion etc… fortunately, I made it through… I finished my second mitten with less than a yard of yarn to spare… that’s a close call…..

Now my new fingerless mittens design has finished.. I just need to think a nice name for it.

I am not sure at this point in what I am going to do with this design.. so for now, I will not be posting any picture at this moment. All I can say is that I am extremely delighted with the result and loving the color and the yarn. Now I just need to create a matching cowl to go along with the mittens… it will be a nice set for the upcoming fall and winter season…