Summer Classes

This summer we are offering two sessions of our popular Pick Your Project class. The class runs four Wednesday evenings. As long as you are not an absolute beginner you can choose to do any project in knitting or crochet. All we ask is that the yarn is purchased from our store.

Wednesday   June 7-28            4 classes     7pm-9pm       Fee $99
Wednesday   Aug 9-30             4 classes     7pm-9pm       fee $99

Private Lessons
These one on one sessions are available on select weekdays from 5pm-6.30pm. Fee is $45.
You can learn something new or bring us your problem projects. Yarn can be from any source.

Register by phone or in person.  403-255-2200



These cozy mitts are lined with wool thrums. A Canadian classic that’s super warm.
Sunday January 29& February 5 1.00pm- 3.00pm 2 classes Fee $49

Make this multicolored hat with the two handed Fair Isle technique. You'll learn how to knit in the round, read charts and carry your colors at the back. Here is your chance to learn the continental knitting technique.
Sunday February 12 1. 00pm-3.00pm 1class Fee $29

This much admired store sample is now a class. A technique that looks like woven ribbons of knitting in three coordinating colors.
Sunday February 26 1.00pm-4.00pm 1 class Fee $45

Learn to knit a sweater without seams. Our cute baby sweater is the perfect small project to learn how it works.
Sunday March 5& 12 1.00pm-3.00pm 2 classes Fee $49

Learn to needle felt with raw wool and a felting needle. Lots of fun.
Sunday March 19 1.00 pm- 3.00 pm 1 class Fee $29

Make this Canadian classic with natural unspun wool. Learn to follow charts and knit with two colors using one of our new or vintage patterns. Very trendy again!
Sunday April 2 & 9 1.00pm-3.00pm 2 classes Fee $49

Bring your sweater in pieces, ready to sew together. We will show you how the pros do it.
Sunday April 23 1.00pm-3.00pm 1 class Fee $29


Learn to knit- all the basics. Cast on,knit,purl,increase, decrease, cast off and sew a mattress seam. We will make a simple cowl and a cozy hat.
Tuesday January 24-February 7 3 classes
Tuesday February 21-March 7 Fee $79
Tuesday March 14- March 28 7.00pm- 9.00 pm
Tuesday April 4-18

We will help you choose your next knitting or crochet project in any technique. For those with basic skills, who want to learn more. This group has lots of fun!
Wednesday January 4-25 4 classes
Wednesday February 1-22 Fee $99
Wednesday March 1-22 7.00pm-9.00 pm
Wednesday April 5-26
Wednesday May 3-24

Crochet is so much fun! Learn your basic crochet stitches and pattern reading. We will make a variety of small projects. 3 classes
Monday February 27-March 13 Fee $79
7.00pm- 9.00pm

This form of crochet uses a long crochet hook to create a knit like effect. We will practice a variety of stitches and make a cozy scarf.
Monday April 24 1 class
Fee $29

A lofty two sided rib that looks great with two colours and makes a stunning cowl
Monday March 20 1 class
Fee $29

Learn the basics of sock knitting, including how to knit on four needles,turn a heel and graft the toe. Handknit socks- the ultimate luxury!
Monday January 23- February 6  
 3 classes
Fee $79
7.00 - 9.00 pm

These socks are knit from the toe to the cuff, one at a time, on a long circular needle using the "magic Loop" technique.
you will love the easy wrap and turn heel.
Monday April 3& 10 
 2 classes
Fee $49
7.00-9.00 pm

For one on one attention, a private lesson is a great way to learn at your own pace. Call ahead to book. 
Fee $45 per 1 1/2 hour session

  • Register by telephone or in person
  •  Classes are limited in size, so register early. Registration is confirmed when fees are paid in full.
  • No cash refunds unless the class is canceled by Gina Brown's. 
  • Store credits or transfers must be made one week prior to the starting date. Once the class has begun there can be no credits or transfers.
  • Fees cover instruction only unless otherwise stated
  • Sorry, we cannot do make up classes if you miss a class
  • Classes are designed for adults 16 years or older
  • No babies, children or non registered companions
  • Most classes  other than those for beginners require basic skills. 
  • Please arrive on time to allow the teacher to teach to the entire group
ALL SUPPLIES USED IN CLASS MUST BE PURCHASED AT GINA BROWN'S. Your purchases allow us to subsidize the cost of our classes so that we can offer quality instruction, in small groups at an affordable price

                                   107, 5718-1 A St SW,  Calgary  AB  T2H0E8     Telephone 403-255-2200                       

New Free Patterns To Knit Up Quick

Need some ASAP holiday gift idea? Want a project you can accomplish in one evening without giving yourself carpal tunnel?  Check out these quick knits:

Click here for the pattern for our new Lonely Cable Cowl

Click here for the pattern for The Super Bulky Button Hat

Click here for "Alfalfa" our free 2 needle superbulky hat pattern

Malabrigo Month!

This month we are celebrating Mal Month – the yearly celebration of all things Malabrigo. This time of year, tens of thousands of knitters cast on using the amazingly soft and delightfully handpainted yarns from Malabrigo. At Gina Brown’s, we love Malabrigo and carry almost all of their yarns – from their lace weight ; to their super bulky, Rasta.

Just in time for Malabrigo March, Sarah’s Hengpai – A Drop Stitch Slouch pattern was featured on the Malabrigo website as part of the Malabrigo Quickies Pattern Program. Well done Sarah!

 Here are a few of our favorite Malabrigo patterns designed by the staff at Gina Brown’s:

Birdie by Susan Morrell

This cute slouchy hat is knit from Rios in Arco Iris. This hat is perfect for the anticipation of Spring!

Ropes Cowl by Kristina Larson

This ever popular cowl is a great accessory for the transitition into warmer weather. Knit from Rasta in Piedras, this cowl knits up extra fast on 12mm double point needles!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's a quick little knit for your loved ones!
A Wee Bit of Love
by Sarah Grieve


Katia Espiga – 1 Ball 50 % Cotton, 50% Acrylic, 121 meters/ 50 gram Ball
Or: Any Double Knit Cotton – 15 yards
3.5mm/US4 80 cm Circular Knitting Needle (for working magic loop)
Gauge: 24 sts = 4"/10cm

Size: 1.5" tall x 2" wide


Cast on 4 sts. Join evenly in the round making sure not to twist stitches.
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2 (Increase Row): *K1, M1, knit to end of 1st needle.M1, K1. Repeat from * for second needle.
Round 3: Knit.
Repeat the last 2 rows until there are 32 sts total.

Next Row (Dividing Row): Knit 8 sts. Slide the next 16 sts onto waste yarn. Knit remaining last 8 sts. When working magic loop, each needle will have 8 sts.
Next Round: Knit.

Top of Right Heart Shaping:

Round 1: Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog.
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat Round 1 & 2, once more.
Using the kitchener stitch, fasten off.
Stuff heart with filling before starting to knit other side. 

Top of Left Heart Shaping: 

Redistribute 16 stitches from waste yarn onto needles. When working magic loop, each needle will have 8 sts.
Next Round: Knit.
Round 1: Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog, Sl1, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog.
Round 2: Knit.
Repeat Round 1 & 2, once more.
Using the kitchener stitch, fasten off.

New Free Pattern! Eliza

Here is our new pattern for a tiny top down cardi/vest, named after its very wiggly sweater model, Eliza. It was made up in super soft super bulky. Malabrigo Rasta or Twinkle Soft Chunky work best. This makes a great baby/toddler gift you can whip up at the last minute. Enjoy! click here for pattern

Knit a Spring Cowl in BamBoo

Knit this reversible mobius cowl with two balls of Cotton Bam Boo by Classic Elite Yarns. It is worked in two sections with a unique stitch that is textured horizontally and lacey vertically. Choose from 6 self patterning colourways. Great for the office or a cool spring day1

Ropes Cowl


12mm dpns (set of 4 or 5)

1 Hank Malabrigo Rasta

five small stitch holders, or large safety pins

three 1-1.5 " buttons

darning needle


k2tog= knit 2 together

m1= make 1 by lifting the bar between two stitches onto the left hand needle, then knit this bar through the back.

i-cord= using 2 dpns: with 4 sts on needle, knit side facing and yarn attached at left side of work, insert right needle into 1st stitch on left hand needle (note: this is the opposite side to where the yarn is attached). **Knit 4 stitches, pulling yarn very tight for first stitch. DO NOT TURN WORK AROUND. Slide stitches so that the knit side is facing and the yarn is attached to stitch on the far left side of the left hand needle. Repeat this process from** , tugging on the cord as it grows every few inches. Youtube is also a great visual aid if you need help making the i-cords(click here for video by Judy).


With 12 mm cast on 15 sts.

Knit 4 rows

Begin i-cords:

***k3, m1. place remaining stitches on holder.

using these four stitches , work in i-cord for 22"

place i-cord stitches on holder (safety pins work well), break yarn.

Place next 3 stitches from original holder onto needle.Re-attach yarn to these 3 stitches and repeat the process from ***, making each cord 3.5" longer than the previous one.

Once you have five cords, place all the stitches from these 5 cords onto one needle, insuring cords aren't twisted.

K3, k2together, k2, k2together, k2, k2together, k2, k2together, k3.

All cords should now be joined by the k2togethers of last row.

Knit in garter stitch until yarn is almost used up. (2-10 rows)

Cast off.

Sew 3 buttons to the smaller of the garter stitch band. Push buttons through fabric of other band to close.

Weave in all ends. (Stuffing them down the icord centres is a good way to hide them :).)

The Kimbo Kowl

The Kimbo Kowl
     by Sarah Grieve


20mm / US36 Needles
1 Ball Katia Kimbo - 150gms/5oz., 22meters/24 yards/ball , 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic 

Shown in Color - 830
A Tapestry Needle

2 Large Buttons - 1 3/4" each

Size - Finished Measurements:
24 x7" - 61 x 18 cm


Cast on 8 sts.

Row 1-2: Knit
Row 3: *K1, Yo twice, repeat from * to last st. K1.
Row 4: *K1, drop 2 yarn overs from previous row. Repeat from * to last st. K1.
Row 5-7: Knit.

Repeat rows 3- 7 until there is just enough wool to cast off. (Save at least 2 meters).

Cast off. 


Weave in all ends. Sew buttons to short end of cowl. Wear and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks:

* To make it easier to cast off, do not end the project with a row 3.
* Use the buttons to create different looks by buttoning the cowl in different places.
K - Knit
St(s) - Stitch
Yo - Yarn Over

New Sublime Silks

Here are two new yarns from Sublime that are perfect for summer knitting.

This easy sweater with bracelet sleeve and cowl neck will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe. The sample is currently on display in pink  Other colours include cream, taupe, mint and blue. We love Tussah Silk's two tone effect, shiny and mat, from the combination of the two fibers, silk and rayon.

Here is a blankie that is super easy and super soft in Sublime's new Baby Silk Bamboo. It's sure to become baby's favorite thing.

Happy Mother's Day

Drop by the store this weekend for a lovely gift for Mom. We are featuring our knitting bags and the new shipment of dellaQ silk accessories at 10% off. If you buy it for yourself we won't tell!

Louisa Harding Spring 2011

The snow is starting to melt and spring yarns are arriving daily.Here are two from Louisa Harding
Her new yarn Ianthe is a blend of half cotton and half merino wool.  It knits to a standard DK guage and has a lovely drape.
The cardi is knit in her new Ondine. It is a soft 100%  cotton in tonal marled colors. Discover the feminine look of Louisa Harding- a perfect look for spring

New Free Pattern : The Celestial Cowl

The Celestial Cowl
By Sarah Grieve

This is a fun quick knit that only takes a few hours to make - just in time for Christmas! The beautiful linen ribbon yarn mixed with the mohair makes for a light as air, ethereal look.

2 Balls of Jaeger Celeste - MC -  #185 Lilac - 90 Meters - (50% Viscose, 30% Polyamide, 20% Linen)

1 Ball of Schulana Mosco - CC - #30 Purple - 125 Meters - (67% Viscose, 20% Mohair Superkid, 13% Polyamide)
12mm Needles

Cast on 30sts.

Row 1-2 : Knit with MC
Row 3-4: Knit with CC

Repeat the last 4 rows until scarf measures 65 inches.

Sew the top and the bottom to each other. Weave in all ends. Wash & block.

Tips & Tricks

*This yarn is now discontinued as Jaeger is now out of business but we have 4 lovely colors - all at half price!! This makes the project under 20$ to knit!

* When sewing the scarf together, you could twist one end for the appearance of a infinity scarf.

* The Celestial Cowl could be made by substituting the Mosco with 1 ball of Superkid Mohair such as Drops Kid Silk or Schulana Kid Seta.

* The Celestial Cowl could also be left open and worn as a scarf.

New Free Pattern! Cable Cowl

Cable Cowl
By Kristina Larson

Long Version: (shown in white)
200 grams (approx. 200 meters) of Baby Alpaca Sport

Short Version:(shown in blue)
100 grams (approx. 160 meters) of Alta-Moda Cashmere

Needles: 1 pair 8mm needles or needle required to obtain tension.

1 cable needle.

Buttons: 4 Buttons, 0.5-0.75 " in diameter

Tension: 12 stitches = 4 inches in stocking stitch


K= Knit
P= Purl
TBL: insert needle through the back of the loop (stitch)

C20Back= Slip next 10 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 10 stitches from left hand needle, knit 10 stitches from cable needle.

C20Front: Slip next 10 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 10 stitches from left hand needle, knit 10 stitches from cable needle.


With 8 mm needles, cast on 34 stitches

Row 1: Slip 1 TBL, Knit to end of row
Row 2: Slip 1 TBL, Purl to end of row

Repeat rows 1&2 4 times more (10 rows have been worked), these rows set the Stocking stitch pattern with slipped-stitch edge for all non- cable rows.

*Next Row:
Slip 1 TBL, K 1, C20Back, K 12

Work 9 rows in stocking stitch with slipped-stitch edge

Next Row:
Slip 1 TBL, K 11, C20Front, K 2

Work 9 rows in stocking stitch with slipped-stitch edge

Repeat these 20 rows from * until desired length. The short cowl is meant to loop around the neck only once and should measure 25-30". The long cowl is meant to hang long or be looped around twice and should measure about 56".

Cast off.

Sew 4 buttons evenly spaced to cast on edge. Button to cast off edge.

(Alternatively, the cowl can be sewn shut.)