May Long Weekend Hours

This holiday weekend we are open Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm. and closed Sunday and Monday.
Please note that we are now on summer hours, so closed all Sundays and holidays til September.

Easter Weekend

We will be open regular hours on Saturday April 4.(10 - 5.30) Closed on Good Friday,Easter Sunday and Monday. Hope you are enjoying some time off, as we are, with family and friends.
Back to regular hours on Tuesday.

CLASSES WINTER/SPRING 2015


GINA BROWN'S CLASSES
WINTER/SPRING 2015


KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS 
Learn to knit! We'll cover all the basics such as: cast on, knit ,purl, increase and decrease, cast off and to sew a mattress seam. We will make several small fun projects.

Tuesday January 27- February 10                                                     3 classes                    
Tuesday February 17- March 3                                                          Fee $79                  
Tuesday March 10 - 31 (no class March 24)                                      7.00 pm-9.00 pm
Tuesday April 14 -28
Tuesday May 5 19                             

PICK YOUR PROJECT 
We will help you choose your next knitting or crochet project in any technique. This class is for those with basic skills who want to learn more. This group has lots of fun!

Wednesday January 7- 28                                                          4 classes
Wednesday February 4- 25                                                          Fee $99
Wednesday March 4- April 1 (no class March 25)                        7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Wednesday April 8- 29
Wednesday May 6- 27

CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS
Crochet is so much fun! Learn the basic crochet stitches and pattern reading. We will make a variety of small projects.

Thursday February 19-March 5                                                   3 classes
     (no class Oct 9)                                                                      Fee $79
                                                                                                    7.00 pm - 9.00 pm 
FIX THAT MISTAKE
Become a fearless knitter. Learn to pick up dropped stitches, reverse backward stitches, and recognize what mistakes look like and how to fix them.  

Thursday April 2                                                                        1 Class
                                                                                                    Fee $29
                                                                                                    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TUNISIAN CROCHET  
This form of crochet uses an extra long crochet hook to create a knit like effect.  You will practice a variety of stitches and make a lacy scarf.

Thursday April 9                                                                          1 class
                                                                                                      Fee $29
                                                                                                      7.00 pm: 9:00pm

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

SOCK KNITTING 101
Learn the basics of sock knitting including how to knit on 4 needles and turn a heel. Hand knit socks are the ultimate luxury!

Monday January 26- February 9                                                3 classes
                                                                                                    Fee $79
                                                                                                    7.00 - 9.00 pm
TOE-UP MAGIC LOOP SOCKS
These socks are  worked 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 February 23 & March2                                                  2 classes

                                                                                                   Fee $49

                                                                                                   7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
BABY UGGIES
Back by popular demand for your hipster baby - and they're fleece lined!

Monday March 9 & 16                                                               2 classes
                                                                                                   Fee $49
                                                                                                   7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

WEEKEND CLASSES

OUTLANDISH COWL
Our stylish cowl is reminiscent of the rustic knitting on the Outlander series. Super easy on big needles, it is a perfect first  project. This class is also suitable to students with little or no knitting experience. 

Sunday January 25                                                             1 Class
                                                                                              Fee $29                                                                                                                                     2-4 pm
COWICHAN STYLE SWEATER
Make this Canadian classic with natural unspun wool. Learn to follow charts and knit with two or more colours using one of our vintage or new patterns. Very trendy again!

Sunday February 1 &8                   
2 classes
Fee $49
2:00- 4:00 pm









MULTI COLOURED NORDIC HAT
Make this colorful hat in an authentic Nordic design. You’ll learn the Fair Isle technique, how to knit in the round, to read charts and to use the two handed technique to carry the different coloured yarns.

Sunday February 22- March 1                                                    2 classes
                                                                                                    Fee $49
                                                                                                   2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
THRUM MITTENS
These cozy mitts are lined with wool thrums. A Canadian classic that’s super warm.

Sunday March 8 & 15                                                               2 classes
                                                                                                   Fee $49
                                                                                                   2:000 pm- 4:00 pm

MY FIRST BABY SWEATER
A perfect first sweater - this cute style is great for little girls or boys.

Sunday April 12 & 19                                                                  2 classes
                                                                                                     Fee $49
                                                                                                     2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
                                                                                                                          
FINISHING TECHNIQUES
Bring in the pieces of a sweater ready to sew together.  We will show you how the pros do it.

Sunday April 26                                                                             1 Class
                                                                                                       Fee $39
                                                                                                       2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

EASY RAINBOW BABY BLANKET
A perfect second project for beginners. We will focus on some basic colour theory and choose five colours to knit or crochet this fun project. A simple idea with a very modern look.

Sunday May 3                                                                              1 Class 
                                                                                                      Fee $29
                                                                                                      2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
                                                                                                    
KNIT FLOWERS
Learn to knit flowers that are perfect for headbands and hats.

Sunday May 10                                                                     1 Class
                                                                                                  Fee $29
                                                                                                  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 


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

 CALL NOW TO REGISTER
CHARGE BY PHONE 403- 255-2200
 
- CLASSES ARE LIMITED IN SIZE SO REGISTER EARLY
- 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
- Fees cover instruction only unless otherwise stated
- Please arrive on time and turn off your cell phone in consideration of
 teachers and class mates
- 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
www.ginabrowns.com

2014 Annual Day After Boxing Day Sale


This is our only store wide sale!
Save on everything in the shop- yarns, books and accessories!
Sale starts at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 27,with savings from 20-50% off. The sale continues on Sunday December 28, from 11am-5pm,  at 20-50% off.

Hope that you all have a great holiday, with time for eating,drinking and knitting. See you at the sale.

Holiday hours

December 24 10am - 1:00pm
December 25 Closed
December 26 Closed
December 27 9:00am-5:30pm
December 28 11:00am-5:00pm
December 29 10am- 5:30pm
December 3010am- 5:30pm
December 31 10am-2pm
January 1 Closed
January 2 10am - 5:30pm (Back to Regular Hours)

*Sorry- no returns or price adjustments during the sale

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 :).)