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We've got something for all tastes – and knitters of all skill levels – with these timeless knitting patterns.
This Alpaca headband's soft, thick yarn and easy pattern make it a satisfying quick knit. The headband is designed using a simple two-by-two rib pattern with a unique twist. And it's so practical as an ear warmer, you might be tempted to make it in several winter colours.
Full instructions: Alder headband knitting pattern
The Billberry Bias Wrap is a timeless transitional piece that can be worn anywhere, with anything, all year round. Plus, it's a pleasure to knit.
Full instructions: Billberry bias wrap knitting pattern
Quick to knit and extra-cozy, the Sundew Hat is the perfect cold-weather accessory. Whether you are looking to knit a thoughtful last-minute gift or your own quintessential hat, the Sundew Hat is a crowd-pleasing favourite with its classic design and soft texture.
Full instructions: Sundew Hat pom-pom beanie
The medallion mittens are a fun pair to knit. They're designed to snugly fit the average woman's hand.
Full instructions: Medallion Mittens
The Ellenesque Bowls are a practical and stylish solution to all your storage needs. Knitting your own bowl is an easy way to create the perfect size vessel for any purpose, and you can choose from a variety of colour options in our Merino Copito yarn to match your home décor.
Full instructions: Ellenesque Felted Bowl knitting pattern
A knit bag is the perfect accessory—unique, practical, and stylish. The Salta Bag’s design begins with a simple rectangle that is folded and seamed to create a classic tote.
Full instructions: Salta Bag knitting pattern
On those cold, wintry days when you need something warm around your face, grab your knitting needles, hibernate for a weekend and knit up The Stone and Arrow Winter Set. Designed in bulky yarn, The Arrow Headband and The Stone Scarf come together in a snap.
Full instructions: Winter headband
The Stone Scarf got its name from its 3D texture, created by alternating knits and purls, that resembles a stonewall. The quirky stone-like bumps are tempered by a garter-stitch border and a slipped selvedge for a tidy edge.
Full instructions: Stone Scarf
Enjoy our free knitting pattern for this Honey Stitch Cowl and make a modern classic to enjoy for years.
Full instructions: Honey Stitch Cowl
Canadian Olympic Committee
Toronto native Penny Oleksiak has stolen the spotlight at the Olympics with four—yes, four!—swimming medals, including Canada's first gold of 2016.
Penelope ‘Penny’ Oleksiak is the youngest member of Canada’s Olympic swimming squad, but before the Rio Games started she was probably the least known. All that changed when she earned four medals at Rio, a bronze for the 4x100 freestyle relay, a bronze for the 4s200 freestyle relay, a silver in the 100m butterfly race and a gold (Canada's first!) in the 100m freestyle after she and American swimmer Simone Manuel tied for first place. Here are five fast facts about this rising star.
1. She was born on June 13, 2000. Penny was only 15 years old during the Olympic trials when she qualified for a spot on the Canadian Olympic Team, making her the youngest Canadian athlete in Rio. And that qualifying swim was a record breaker: her 56.99 100m butterfly was 0.28 seconds faster than the previous record, held by teammate Katerine Savard.
2. Penny didn’t start to swim until she was nine years old. And she learned in a neighbor’s pool! But when she told her parents how much she enjoyed it, they encouraged her to compete.
3. She wasn’t an immediate success. When she expressed interest in swimming, Penny’s parents took her to the Toronto Swim Club to enroll in their competitive program. She just had to swim two laps around the pool at the University of Toronto—but she couldn’t do it. She didn’t get into the Scarborough Swim Club, either. But she practiced for a year before trying again. And needless to say, this time she made it.
4. She comes from a family of athletes. Penny isn’t the only sporty person in her family. Both parents are athletes, big brother Jamie Oleksiak plays defence for the Dallas Stars and older sister Hayley is competitive rower at Northeastern University. Jamie took to Twitter this past weekend to let the world know how proud and happy he is for his little sister.
5. She could be one of Canada's best athletes. Thanks to her height—she’s six-foot-one!—and athleticism, Penny could become the best Canadian female swimmer of all time. And she's already breaking records—until she won gold on August 11, only one other Canadian female swimmer had taken the top spot: Anne Ottenbrite, who won at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.