HAPPY THANKSGIVING

We will be open on Saturday, regular hours and closed on Sunday October 6 and Monday October 7. Hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Back to regular hours on Tuesday

Now Open Sundays

Attention Sunday shoppers! We are back to regular hours until the May long weekend. Shop weekdays from 10-5.30 and Sundays from 11am-4pm. (closed all stat holidays)
Be the first to see the new fall yarns.

CLASSES FALL 2018


GINA BROWN'S
CLASSES

FALL 2018


WEEKEND CLASSES

BEST NEW NEEDLES EVER !
Join us on the first Sunday of our new fall class session as we learn to use the latest in knitting needles. These two new needles will revolutionize circular knitting! Best of all, the classes are free with material kit purchase.
* registration confirmed when kit is purchased. Limited spaces available.

FLEXI FLIP MITTS OR FINGERLESS GLOVES
No more sets of four. Your work is on two needles joined with a short flex cord, and you knit with the third. Excellent quality is warrantied by Addi Turbo of Germany.
Sunday September 30 11.00am-1.00pm 1 class Free*

MICRO CABLE CIRCULAR MITTENS
Use the new super-short circular needles,perfect for mittens and socks. We will also teach a mini cable that does not need a cable needle. Four needle haters unite!
Sunday September 30 1.30pm-3.30 pm 1 class Free*

COWICHAN STYLE SWEATER
Make this Canadian classic with natural unspun wool. Learn to follow charts and knit with two colors. We will help you plan your traditional sweater with one of our many vintage patterns. Toddler sizes and hat pattern available too!
Sunday October 14 & 21 11.00 am-1.00 pm 2 classes Fee $49

BRIOCHE COWL
Our new chunky cowl is super cute. A fun technique with two colors of bulky yarn.
Sunday October 14 1.30 pm-3.30 pm 1 class Fee $29

RETRO SLIPPERS
These easy slippers are very mid century modern. Perfect for chilly hardwood floors. Have a basket of them for all your guests.
Sunday October 21 1.30 pm- 3.30 pm 1 class Fee $29


THRUM MITTENS or SLIPPERS
These cozy mitts or slippers are lined with wool thrums. A Canadian classic that’s super warm.
Sunday October 28 & November 4 11.00am- 1.00pm 2 classes Fee $49

FELTED YARN BOWLS
Learn to knit a wool yarn bowl and felt it in your washing machine. Then we will decorate with needle felting. Lots of fun and a great gift idea.
Sunday October 28& November 4 1.30pm-3,30pm 2 classes Fee $49

FELTED CRITTERS
Learn to needle felt with raw wool and a felting needle. We will make a whimsical animal. Creative, quick and lots of fun.
Sunday November 11 1.30 pm-3.30pm 1 class Fee $29

CONTINENTAL SHAWL
Speed up your knitting. You will learn to knit Continental style and reverse knitting instead of purling. Add a few rows of simple lace with our triangle scarf/shawl that can grow as large as you like.
Sunday November 18& November 25 11.00 am -1.00 pm 2 classes Fee $49

FELTED ENTRELAC BAG
This bag is spectacular! The woven ribbon look of the Entrelac is done with two different colors of self striping Noro yarn, and then felted. Very impressive.
Sunday November 18 & 25 1.30 pm-3.30 pm 2 classes Fee $49

MARITIME MITTENS
These double layer mittens are super warm and super cute. Only in Canada!
Sunday December 2&9 11.00am-1.00 pm 2 classes Fee $49

SUPER CHUNKY CABLE BLANKET
Create a unique blanket with a combination of different cables Our yarn is super chunky and knits up in no time. The latest trend in home dec.
Sunday December 9&16 1.30 pm-3.30 pm 2 classes Fee $49


Felted Christmas Ornament
Quick and easy. Make holiday themed ornaments with needle felting,
Sunday December 2 1.30 pm- 3.30 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.
Thursday October 4-18 3 classes
Thursday November 8-22 Fee $79
7.00pm- 9.00 pm

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 5-26 4 classes
Wednesday October 3-24 Fee $99
Wednesday November 7-28 7.00pm-9.00 pm
Wednesday December 5-19 (3 classes $79)

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 September 17-24 Fee $49
7.00pm- 9.00pm

CROCHET BABY MUKLUKS
Next steps for beginning crocheters with basic experience,These cute slippers are made with colorful hand dyed chunky yarn
Monday November 26th 1 class
Fee $29
7.00 pm-9.00pm

FINISHING TECHNIQUES
Bring your sweater in pieces, ready to sew together. We will show you how the pros do it.
Monday December 10 1 class Fee $29
7.00 pm-9.00 pm


MONDAY NIGHT SOCK CLUB
Join the fun on Monday night, as we explore a variety of sock knitting techniques.

SOCK KNITTING 101
Learn the basics of sock knitting, including how to knit on four needles, turn a heel and graft the toe. Hand knit socks- the ultimate luxury
Monday October 15-29   3classes Fee $79 
7.00 pm-9.00 pm

TOE UP MAGIC LOOP SOCKS
These socks are worked from the toes 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 12 -19   2 classes    7:00 pm- 9:00 pm   Fee $49


PRIVATE LESSONS
For one on one attention, or help with outside yarns- these lessons can be booked during business hours.
Fee $45-1 ½ hrs


OUR CLASS POLICIES
-Register by phone or in person
- Classes are limited in size, so register early. Registration is confirmed when 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 starting date. Once the class has begun there can be no credits or transfers.
- Fees cover instruction only unless otherwise stated
- Please arrive on time and turn off your cell phone in consideration of teachers and class mates
-Classes are designed for adults 16 and older
-All classes, except needle felting or Beginner knitting or crochet, require basic skills.
- Sorry, we cannot do makeup classes
- No babies, children or non registered companions.
- ALL SUPPLIES USED IN OUR CLASSES 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 1A Street SW Calgary AB T2H0E8
403-255-2200





Holiday Hours 2018

Will will be closed Monday February 19th. We will be open again regular hours on Tuesday February 20th from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

2017 Annual Day After Boxing Day Sale

This is our only store wide sale -  Day After Boxing Day.
Save on everything in the shop- yarns, books and accessories!
Starts at 9:00 am on 
Wednesday December 27 and  continues at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 28th
Save from 20-50% off everything!
After Thursday the sale continues with deep discounts on a large selection of clearance yarns.
 (over 100 different yarns)
Hope that you all have a great holiday, with time for eating,drinking and knitting. See you at the sale.




HOLIDAY HOURS
December 24 11am - 2:00pm
December 25 Closed
December 26 Closed
December 27 9:00am-5:30pm
December 28 10am- 5:30pm
December 29 10am- 5:30pm
December 30 10am- 5.30 pm
December 31 Closed
January 1 Closed


*Sorry- no returns or price adjustments during the sale

Remembrance Day Hours 2017

Remembrance Day hours:

11:30 AM until 5:30 PM

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