CLASSES FALL 2019


GINA BROWN'S
CLASSES

FALL 2019


WEEKEND CLASSES

WORLDS EASIEST BABY CARDI 
This simple sweater is great for beginners and best of all, there can be no seams! 
Sunday October 6 & 13th 11.00 am-1.00 pm (2 classes)   Fee $49

WEEKEND PONCHO
Simple ponchos and wraps are everywhere this fall/winter season. Learn to generate your own custom poncho in just one afternoon. You can even make it without seams or knitting in the round (it can even be converted into a wrap).
Sunday October 6th 1.30pm -3.30pm (1 class)    Fee $29

ENTRELAC COWL
Make a stunning Super-chunky cowl with this technique that looks like woven ribbons of knitting or a stained glass quilt of knitted squares.
Sunday October 13th 1.30- 3.30 (1 class)   Fee $29

SHIFT SHAWL
Make the ever popular shift shawl using colour shifting yarns for a truly spectacular effect. You will learn simple mosaic knitting as well as how to do an i-cord edging
Sunday October 20th & 27th 11.00 am - 1.00 pm (2 classes)    Fee $49

SIMPLE SWEATER (THAT ACTUALLY FITS)
If you have ever been too intimidated to make a sweater, or are tired of attempting them, only to have the finished product not fit you the way you had hoped, then this class is for you! Knit flat, or in the round, make a basic top down sweater or cardigan and learn all the tips and tricks of a perfect fit. 
Sunday October 20th & 27th 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm (2 classes)    Fee $49

FELTED SLIPPERS
Perfect for hardwood floors or just to prevent frozen toes, these all time favourite knit felted clogs with a double thick sole are sure to be a popular class yet again.
Sunday Nov 3 & 10th 11.00 am to 1.00 pm (2 classes)   Fee $49

THRUM MITTENS or SOCKS
These cozy mitts or socks are lined with wool thrums. A Canadian classic that’s super warm.
Sunday November 3 & 10th  1.30 pm- 3.30pm (2 classes)  Fee $49

CABLE PONCHO
Make this simple rectangular poncho and learn a variety of cables. They are easier than you think!
Sunday November 17 & 24th 11.00 am-1.00 pm (2 classes)    Fee $49

MOSAIC MITTENS
If you loved the shift shawls and cowls, then this mitten class is the one for you. Mosaic knitting is perfect for mittens, as it creates a warm dual layer with a stunning pattern.
Sunday Nov 17th & 24th 1.30 pm- 3.30 pm  (2 classes)    Fee $49

BRIOCHE COWL
Our new chunky cowl is super cute. A fun technique with two colours of bulky yarn.
Sunday December 1st 11 am- 1 pm  (1 class)    Fee $29

FINISHING TECHNIQUES
Bring your sweater in pieces, ready to sew together. We will show you how the pros do it.
Sunday December  1st 1.30 pm- 3.30pm  (1 class)    Fee $29

JUMBO CABLED PILLOW
A quick project to spruce up your home, they also make for a great holiday gift. You might even be able to finish your pillow front by the end of class.
Sunday December 8th 11.00 am- 1:00 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.
December 8th 1.30 pm- 3.30 pm (1 class)    Fee $29

NEEDLE 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 December 15th 11.00 am-1.00pm (1 class)  Fee $29

SCRUBBIE DISH PUFFS
Learn to knit these adorable little puffs. A sensation in Korea, they make the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer. 
Sunday December 15th 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.(3 classes)
Wednesday October 2- 16th
Wednesday Nov 6th - 20th 
Wednesday December 4-18th 
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!
Thursday October 3-24 
Thursday November 7-28 
Thursday December 5-19 (3 classes $79)
7:00pm-9.00pm

CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS
Crochet is so much fun! Learn your basic crochet stitches and pattern reading. We will make a cute beanie toque. (2 classes)
Monday Dec 9th- 16th Fee $49
7.00pm- 9.00pm

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

SOCK KNITTING 101 (Chunky Reading Socks)
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 Oct 21st & 28th    (2 classes)    Fee $49 
7.00 pm-9.00 pm

TWO SOCKS ON TWO NEEDLES 
Learn to knit two socks at a time on two circular needles. This fun and easy technique will save you from ever experiencing  unfinished second sock syndrome ever again :).
Monday  November 4th & 18th   (2 classes/No class on Nov 11th)   Fee $49
7:00pm- 9:00pm 

TOE UP  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 (or on two circular needles if you prefer). You will love the easy heel!
Monday November 25th & Dec 2nd  (2 classes)  Fee $49
7:00pm-9:00pm

PRIVATE LESSONS
For one on one attention, or help with outside yarns- these lessons can be booked during business hours.
Fee $49 for 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.




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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.

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

2018 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 
Thursday December 27 and  continues at 10:00 am on Friday, December 28th
Save from 20-50% off everything!
After Friday the sale continues with deep discounts on a large selection of clearance yarns.
 (over 100 different yarns)
Hope that you all have a happy holiday, with time for eating,drinking and being merry... and of course knitting too! See you all at the sale.




HOLIDAY HOURS
December 24 10am - 2:00pm
December 25 Closed
December 26 Closed
December 27 9am-5:30pm
December 28 10am- 5:30pm
December 29 10am- 5:30pm
December 30 11am- 4.00 pm
December 31 10am-2:00pm
January 1 Closed


*Sorry- no returns or price adjustments during the sale

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.

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







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.



Materials:
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


Materials:
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

Abbreviations:

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.



Cowl:

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.)