October’s Canadian Art Deco Knits pattern is the Chandelier Hat. This double knit hat was inspired by the beautiful large chandeliers in the Supreme Court of Canada. From the outside, the Supreme Court fits in with the other copper-roofed Chateau-style buildings that line the Ottawa River: the Parliament Buildings and the Chateau Laurier.
Once you approach the buildings the Art Deco touches are visible: the statues, the palm-style lamp posts, the large doors with their bas reliefs designs, and the black and white geometric stained glass windows.
The building was designed by Ernest Cormier, down to the last detail. The grilles he used in the Pavilion Roger-Gaudry make an appearance here too. And then I walked into the courtroom and saw the chandelier:
I knew right away that this was the first thing that had to be on my needles, and I quickly came up with this hat (made in Sweet Paprika Designs Messa di Voce in Graphite and Chimney Smoke):
After I’d made the fingering weight version trial, I realized that not everyone would want to do quite that much knitting. I ended up creating a similar DK weight version using Sweet Paprika Designs Minuet (Canneberge and Harvest Moon):
Thanks to my friend Jo Beumer for agreeing to model the hats for me!
Lastly, I did a draw for the winner of the Songlines collection from Ambah that I posted about last week. The lucky winner is commenter #3, Susan. Congratulations!
I’ll get in touch with Ambah & she’ll send the collection over to you. Enjoy & happy knitting!
If you’re sad that you missed out on the collection, you could always go over & visit Nina Machlin Dayton’s blog for another chance to win!