I know it’s already half-way through August, but it’s not too late to tell you about this month’s design for my Canadian Art Deco Knits ebook.
The building that inspired this month’s pattern is the Tramways Building in Montreal. Technically, this building doesn’t really exist any more. The facade (and apparently some of the interior) were preserved as it was absorbed into the large Palais des congrès. I did take some pictures of what is still visible, and I knew that this would have to be knit somehow:
The technique that I turned to was Roositud. This Estonian colourwork technique is relatively easy to learn and I’ve taken a very non-traditional approach in this design, just using one colour & using my own motifs. What makes it really shine for me is the wonderful background colour. The mittens and hat are knit with Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Sock Yarn (brick) and the Roositud is done using the slightly heavier Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK weight (natural).
I’ve written both the hat & mittens in 3 sizes, and I’ve also included some advice for further adjustments for the perfect fit. Of course I’ve also covered how to do Roositud in the pattern. Time permitting, I’ll eventually do my own video for this technique.
Thanks to my good friend Louise for helping me out with a last minute photo request!
You can get the individual Tramways Set patterns (hat & mittens in one pattern) on Ravelry for $7 (USD).
The Canadian Art Deco Knits e-book is $25 (USD) and will include 12 different patterns by the end of 2015. It’s 2/3 done now!