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Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

Behind the Scene action… March 31, 2011

As I was checking out Creative Knitting website late last night, I found an interesting article talking about the preparation for the upcoming July Issue… When the editor talked about how important the photo shoot session is.. I suddently realized that it was a photo shoot for my Lace Trim cardigan design that the photographer was shooting… it made me smile… here is what the article said about the photo shoot…

“When it comes to working on the magazine, the photo shoot is the most dynamic part of the process because it’s during this time that the magazine comes to life. I’m constantly inspired when I observe our photographers setting up the shot so carefully, making sure that the composition and lighting are just right. Our freelance photographer Matt Bowen started working with Creative Knitting magazine a few months ago, and his eye for design and composition is impeccable. In the shot below, you may wonder why Matt is on the floor. In his quirky way, he may tell you he’s multitasking by trying to fit in a little nap between shots, but in reality, he’s a true artist at work. In the shot below, Matt found a way to create the illusion that the glass behind the model appears like sheets of blue water, all without a sign of an outside streetlight or a car in sight!”

so here is the picture that is featured in the article… and now I am anxiously waiting for the magazine to go live in May, 2011 and see the final version of the design.

Lace Trim Cardigan Photo Session

 

Summer Knits March 30, 2011

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I know that I have been disappeared for awhile.. so what’s going on with me??? The truth is that I am extremely busy at work; hence, I am unwillingly put my knitting needles down for the last 2 months.. Looks like my work schedule is gonna be crazy through the summer.. but I told myself to start designing and knitting again soon.

It’s spring.. so it’s time to work on some warm weather knit. I would like to introduce my Color Block Tank Dress for Creative Knitting special kids Issue… I am excited to see that my design has made it to the cover of the issue.. what a surprised since I normally get a notice before the issue went live if my design has made it to the cover. With this design, it is my 3rd cover.. so I am very excited.

I am going to start working on a series of indie pattern that will features in my blog.. so stay tune!

It’s spring break everywhere.. for those of you are traveling… be safe and have a wonderful spring break! As for me, I am taking sometime off from work to spend time with my family and may be finally catch up with my knitting!

Cheers!

 

New Year, New Published Designs January 10, 2011

Tuxedo bag-knitscene wr/sp 2011

Tuxedo bag-knitscene wr/sp 2011

eyelet lace pullover - CK March 2011

Although it’s already the middle of Jan, but I would still like to wish everyone a Happy New year. A lot have going on last year in regards to my publications and I am looking forwards to a brand new year. First of All, I would like to introduce 2 published designs for the year 2011.

First up is Eyelet Lace Pullover that was published for Creative Knitting March 2011 Issue. Eyelet lace Pullover is a rather simply design; I wanted to create a pullover that is spring friendly by utilizing 2 very season appropriate colors, cream and sage. The pullover feature eyelet lace stripe in a contract color, deep scoop neckline and 3/4 sleeves. It’s a pullover can be worn casually and for work. The sample was worked in Willow Tweed by Louisa harding.

Second Publication is a delight from me. I have not been designing purses for over 2 years now and this is one of my favourite. I have initially designed the tuxedo bag to match my Ruffles cardigan that was published through Creative Knitting Jan 2011 issue (that made the cover). During my submission last year, 2 different magazines chose to publish one design, CK picked the cardigan and Knitscene chose the purse. I was excited both of them got published.

I am currently busy at work with 2 extremely tight deadlines. Stay tune for my designs in the coming months.

Cheers!

 

Misty Gloves – A new design December 25, 2010

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Photograph by: Karen K. Modeled by: Silka B.

Let me introduce my new gloves design – Misty.

I love lace gloves that work in skinny yarn in the winter. I want to keep my hands warm but not feeling bulky at the same time. I also wanted a pair of gloves that can dress up to go to a formal event or down to have a stroll in the park. Therefore, I decided to choose a very lace motif and pair the design with a unique yarn that made from merino wool and milk fiber. The name ‘Misty’ came to me because of the color of the yarn. ‘Blue Notes’ is the name of the color and was hand-dyed and spinned by my friend Lindsey who is the owner of Waterloo Wools. This blue/grey/tan color combination remained me of the cloudy and misty sky in the winter.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Arm Circumference: 7 inches without stretch
Length: Varies depending on each individual preference

MATERIALS
[MC] Bayfield by Waterloo Wools [80% Merino Wool, 20% Milk Fiber; 420yd per 100g skein]; color: Blue Notes: 1 skein

NOTE: Substitute Bayfield with any sock yarn that maintains the same gauge.

RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZES
Gloves Body: One 29 inches or longer US 1 2.25 mm circular needles for magic loop method or size to obtain the gauge
Ribbing: One 29 inches or longer US 2 2.50 mm circular needles for magic loop method or size to obtain the gauge
NOTE: If you prefer using dpn, please substitute the same size as the circular needle

PATTERN NOTES1. The pattern of Misty is written in the assumption of using magic loop method. Hence, the pattern will refer sts in 2 groups – group 1 and 2.
2. Although Misty can be work using the dpn, but since the nature of the lace panel, magic loop method will be the preferred method.
3. Both left and right hand gloves are worked the same way; hence, only 1 instruction is given.
4. When working on thumb increase, always increase at the beginning on group 1 and the end on group 2. Refer to Chart 2 for group 1 sts and chart 3 for group 2 sts.
5. Always work the increase sts in purl.
6. Because each individual’s fingers are unique, so measures each fingers before working on the gloves.

The pattern pdf includes detailed written instruction, magic loop tutorial and detail supporting charts for the lace panel and thumb shaping.

To buy the pattern via Ravelry, simple click the button below:

Happy Knitting!

 

Introducing Bella Set December 24, 2010

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Bella Set is my very first online publication. It is features in the winter issue of Petite Purls: http://petitepurls.com/winter10/winter2010_p_bella.html

Bella is a set of headwrap and guantlets… it is a set that I designed for my daughter Kimimae. Kimi always wanted to have her pictures online.. so now she has gotten her chance for being my model and thanks my friend Karen K. for taking the pictures…

As always, if anyone has issue with the pattern, feel free to contact me.

I wish everyone happy knitting 🙂

 

Ruffles Ruffles Everywhere November 9, 2010

I am proudly introducing Ruffles Cardigan for the January 2011 Issue of Creative Knitting. I love this cardigan and the fact that it made its way to the cover of the magazine is overwhelming. Here is some detail about the Ruffles Cardigan.

Description
The Ruffles Cardigan features 3 rows of ruffles on each side of the body along the v-neckline. Ruffles are worked in a lighter weight of the same yarn that is used to work in the main body. There are 2 ways to work the ruffles; you can worked the ruffles seperately and sewn onto the cardigan or worked them by picking up stitches on the surface of the cardigan.

Size
S [M, L, 1X, 2X]

Finished Measurement
Chest: 34 [38, 42, 46, 50] inches
Length: 22 [22.5, 23.25, 23.5, 24] inches
Sleeves Length from Underarm: 12 [12, 12.5, 12.5, 13] inches

Gauge:
21 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Stockinette St using MC with Size 6 (4.00 mm) needle after pressing.
24 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Stockinette St using CC with Size 5 (3.75mm) needle after pressing.
26 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in Twisted rib using MC with size 5 (3.75 mm) needle after pressing

Yarn
Tahki Yarn – Cotton Classic [100% Mercerized Cotton; 108 yards /100m per 50g skein]. – MC
Tahki Yarn – Cotton Classic Lite [100% Mercerized Cotton; 146 yards /135m per 50g skein]. – CC

A little story about this cardigan.. I initially worked the sample in purple and after the editorial review, the editors decided that they would like the sample in Red instead. Hence, I have knitted the sweater twice… and the cardigan came out beautifully and the finished products made all the late nights all worth it. Also, when I designed the cardigan, I have also designed a matching purse for the cardigan… stay tune for the Winter/Spring 2010/2011 Issue of Knitscene for the preview for my ruffles purse. The new Knitscene issue should be available sometimes next month.

As always, if you have any question about the pattern, feel free to contact me.

Cheers and Happy Knitting!

 

Introducing Slouchy Cable Pullover November 5, 2010

The preview for Interweave Winter 2010 issue is available on the website. I am glad to be part of it.

The slouchy Cable Pullover features overall lace with chunky cable neck and shoulder trim. The pullover is worked in one piece until neck shaping. The sleeves are worked by casting on stitches from the body piece.

Finished Size:
34¾ (38½, 42¼, 46, 50, 53½)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 38½”.

Yarn:
Berroco Lustra (50% wool, 50% Tencel Lyocell; 197 yd [180 m]/100 g): #3140 Montmartre (blue), 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins.

Needles:
Sizes 7 (4.5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm): 29″ or longer circulars (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions:
Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; cable needle (cn).

Gauge:
17 sts and 22½ rows/rnds = 4″ in lace patt on smaller needle using one strand of yarn; 17 sts and 21 rnds = 4″ in twisted rib on larger needle with yarn doubled, after blocking, slightly stretched so p2 columns appear about 1 st wide; 27 sts of shoulder cable measure 2½” wide using one strand of yarn and smaller needle.

The winter issue will be available on newstand end of November.

Cheers!

 

Victoria and Bonnie is available!! September 7, 2010

Just want to announce that the patterns for Victoria Gloves, Victoria Socks and Bonnie Mitts are available through my site, Ravelry and my etsy store. Simple go to my pattern link and click on the image for more information. I have also put Victoria Gloves and Socks as a set in a discounted price.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the patterns. Please feel free to contact me!

Happy Knitting!

 

Amelia Cardigan – Interweave Knits Weekend 2010 September 3, 2010

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Just got the sneak preview on the Interweave Knits Weekend issue… the issue will not go live until Sept 28.. but you can take a preview on all the patterns in the issue on the interweave website. I am fortunately enough to be part of it. My Amelia Cardigan is a a very classic girl cardi.. it work seemlessly from bottom up. Amerlia Cardi features raglan sleeves and overall eyelet motif. The unique feature is the cable weaving on the empire waist line… The cable weaving provide unique look and texture to a classic child cardign. I provide sizes up to 33″ chest; hence, it can fit a 10 years old comfortably. The cardigan should fit 2-3 inches positive ease. As always, If you have any question about the pattern, feel free to contact me!

 

Anticipation…. July 23, 2010

A lot of people know that I have been crazy busy lately. Mostly because I have been working on quite a few projects for different editorial release, I am also working on my own idie patterns. I enjoy submitting designs to the magazines; the idea of having my name printed on the patterns that I designed and the patterns potentially be able to reach out to the knitters all over the world, is such a joy for me. For that reason, all the late night that I spent on knitting.. it’s all worth it. The only problem for me is the waiting period for the magazine to go live. Each magazine plans each issue at least 6 months to a year ahead… the anticipation is often time quite unbearable…

I have put out a slideshow to preview what is coming to the newstands and online magazine near you… probably in the next few months. Most of them were the original design submission. Please note that the actual finished object might not exactly match the pictures and/or sketch. Often time, during the process of transforming the design to the actual abject, the design did get changed along the way.

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