Thanksgiving Hours


We are open Saturday, regular hours from 10am-5.30 pm. Closed both Sunday and Monday then back to regular hours on Tuesday.
Enjoy lots of turkey and knitting.

Classes Fall 2016


WEEKEND CLASSES

SPOOL KNITTING AND POM POM MAKERS
These tools are new and improved. We will make cords and pom poms, perfect for
embellishing the top of a hat or even making unique trim for gift wrapping.
Sunday September 18 1.00pm-3.00pm 1 class Free

EASY CIRCULAR HAT
Learn to knit in the round on circular and four needles. Our chunky hat can be made in any size from baby to adult. Discover the joy of seamless knitting!
Sunday September 25 1.00pm-3.00pm 1 class Fee $29

THRUM MITTENS
These cozy mitts are lined with wool thrums. A Canadian classic that’s super warm.
Sunday October 2 &16 1.00pm- 3.00pm 2 classes Fee $49

COWICHAN STYLE SWEATER
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 October 23& 30 1.00pm-3.00pm 2 classes Fee $49

ENTRELAC INFINITY SCARF
This much admired store sample is now a class. A technique that looks like woven ribbons of knitting in three coordinating colors.
Sunday November 6 1.00pm-4.00pm 1 class Fee $45

STRANDED COLOURWORK HAT
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 November 13 1. 00pm-3.00pm 1class Fee $29

TOP DOWN BABY SWEATER
Learn to knit a sweater without seams. Our cute baby sweater is the perfect small project to learn how it works.
Sunday November 20 & 27 1.00pm-3.00pm 2 classes Fee $49

FINISHING TECHNIQUES
Bring your sweater in pieces, ready to sew together. We will show you how the pros do it.
Sunday December 11 1.00pm-3.00pm 1 class Fee $29


FELTED CRITTERS
Learn to needle felt with raw wool and a felting needle. Lots of fun.
Sunday Dec 18 1.00 pm- 3.00 pm 1 class Fee $29


                   EVENING CLASSES

KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS
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 September 20-October 4                           3 classes
Tuesday October 11-25                                            Fee $79
Tuesday November 1-15                                         7.00pm- 9.00 pm
Tuesday November 22-December 6

PICK YOUR PROJECT
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 September 7-28                                     4 classes
Wednesday October 5-26                                          Fee $99
Wednesday November 2-23                                      7.00pm-9.00 pm
Wednesday November 30-December 21

CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS
Crochet is so much fun! Learn your basic crochet stitches and pattern reading. We will make a variety of small projects. 3 classes
Monday October 17-31 
 Fee $79
7.00pm- 9.00pm

TUNISIAN CROCHET
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 November 21
 1 class
Fee $29
7.00pm-9.00pm

BRIOCHE COWL
A lofty two sided rib that looks great with two colours and makes a stunning cowl
Monday November 2
 1 class
Fee $29
7.00pm-9.00pm

KNIT MERMAID TAIL COCOON
Cozy up and read a book with this popular item Sizes from 2years to big kids
Monday December 5
 1 class
Fee $29
7.00 pm-9.00 pm

KNIT A CHRISTMAS BALL
Make a Christmas ornament with this easy red and white design. Fee includes
materials kit. A great project to learn two color knitting.
Monday December 12
 1 class
Fee $30
7.00pm-9.00 pm

SOCK KNITTING 101
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 September 19- October 3  
 3 classes
Fee $79
7.00 - 9.00 pm

TOE UP MAGIC LOOP SOCKS
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 November 7 & 14 
 2 classes
Fee $49
7.00-9.00 pm


PRIVATE LESSONS
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

CLASS POLICIES
  • 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

Materials:

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

Instructions:

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.
Enjoy!

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




Materials:

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


k=knit

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).

Pattern:


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

 Materials:

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


Instructions:

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. 

Finishing:

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.
 
Abbreviations:
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.