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Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

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!

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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 🙂

 

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!

 

Covergirl!!! September 21, 2010

Of course I am not talking about myself as a cover girl. I am no model material of course… don’t have the look and the body and the move to be one. However, I am very excited to see my twisted beanie and mitten set made it to the cover of November 2010 Issue of Creative Knitting! It was such an honor and I cannot expressed how excited I am!

I first got the news about the cover from Barb, the editor of CK when I was in the midst of getting ready for my camping trip. Barb would like me to keep it as a secret until the issue goes live… so I kept my excitement and went on to spend time a few days with my family in Pentwater, MI. The weather was perfect, the beach was beautiful and spending quality time with family did help me not to think and talk about the magazine cover.

And now, the magazine has gone live. I have not problem sharing my excitement with all of you. So go ahead.. and grab a copy!

 

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!

 

Magic, the Magical Loop January 3, 2009

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I knitted my very first pair of socks using 5 dpn, the traditional way what a lot of knitters think. Although the socks came out great for a first timer in socks knitting, I wanted to have an easier way to knit socks. Then a couple years ago, I heard about people talking about the Magical Loop method, I also heard people saying about knitting a pair of socks using 2 circular needles. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the magical loop method when I first heard it… but since handknit socks are in everyone wish list for the holiday, I was willing to try different method to knit socks faster. I finally did some research on the magical loop method and try it. And I totally love it. Since mastering the skill, I have knitted more than 10 pairs of socks and I also using magical loop method method for fingerless mitten, finger mitten and hat. Since most of the socks patterns are written in 5 dpn, so I have figured out a basic sock pattern to use magic loop. I have so much fun knitting socks and mitten, I have started designing pattern for socks and gloves for using the method.

To see whether the magical loop is a better method than 5 dpn, I have tested in a seasoned knitter, my mother. She have been knitting for more than 40 years. She knitted everything using dpn and she believes it’s easier to use dpn when I taught her the magical loop method. she tried the first pair of finger mitten using magic loop, she was not sure when she started; however, when the mitten was finished, she absolutely loves the magic loop method. I figured if I can change my mother’s mind, then the magic loop method is indeed a good alternative to dpn for socks, mitten etc…


Here is a design that was published in the November issue of Creative Knitting magazine. The fingerless mitten is knitted using magic loop method.

In case anyone who is not familiar with the magic loop method, a magic loop is actually a long circular needle, a circular needle with at least 32″ long, preferable with circular needle that has very flexible wire, such as needle from KnitPicks or Audi Turbo needle.

Following is the instruction of the magic loop method:

1. Cast on an even number of stitches (sts) and slide sts to middle of cable.

2. Divide sts in half and pull cable loop out between two groups of sts.

3. Slide sts down to their respective needle tops. You will have half of your sts on each needle tip. Hold needle tops parallel and pointing to right, working yarn will hang from back group of sts (I’ll call the sts as group 1, and the front group of sts as group 2).

4. Pull the needle tip out (will be group 1 sts) until you have enough cable to allow you to work sts (group 2) on front needle .

5. Work all sts on front needle, being careful not to twist.

6. Turn work and make sure the working yarn is hanging from back and needle tip point to the right. Slide the front group of stitiches to the needle tip then repeat step 4 as many times as needed.

So here is the simple way of magic loop method. The first few rows might look a little different because there might seem to have a gap in between the join of the round. However, as you continue working, the gap will automatically closed up. It might seem awkward to knit a pair of socks using the method at first; however, once you get familiar with it, it is a piece of cake.