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Building with Lace Series

Students and Fans of Michelle Hunter’s “Building” series:

Knitting Temptations is thrilled to offer a new skill-building series, based on Michelle’s NEWEST book, Building with Lace.

The series, to begin September 6 at Knitting Temptations, is a unique chance to take the series in its entirety with the designer and expert instructor, Michelle Hunter!

This ten-class series focuses on lace techniques that will delight both the novice and experienced lace knitter alike. The project is a gorgeous sampler shawl worked in Rylie by HiKoo. This luxuriously soft yarn is the perfect choice to showcase the high impact stitches. The shawl is knit in one continuous piece (no seaming!) and measures approximately 22″ x 72″. As with Michelle’s previous series, each month of the course will focus on skills and stitches to build your lace knitting skills. The techniques include advanced decreases and increases, Japanese stitches, beading, expert edges, original stitch patterns, classic lace techniques, and so much more!

We have two class sessions available: afternoon 2:00pm-4:00pm AND evening 6:00pm-8:00pm. Seats are limited to 24 per session and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each of the classes will meet once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. (Please see the complete schedule below.)  To help you judge the time commitment, the amount of knitting each month is more than a Building Blocks square, but less than a Building in Color panel.  Each section is approx. 120 stitches wide and 50 rows high.  Unlike Michelle’s other series, each section MUST BE completed before moving on to the next one. As with her other series,  Michelle has videos in place to help you at home.

The series registration fee is $250.00, and includes the book, Building with Lace, which is distributed at the first class in September. The course fee is due IN FULL at the time of registration. Payments may be made with check, cash, or credit card by calling (614) 734-0618 or stopping in the shop during business hours. If paying for the course in full creates difficulty, please contact the shop owner, Karen Wilkins. She is happy to work with potential students to make this wonderful course possible for all.

We understand that at times unforeseen events occur in life that may necessitate you to drop the course after registering. However, if you drop the course prior to August 15, you will receive a 50% course refund. Unfortunately, no refunds can be given after September 1.

A complete list of course supplies is included in this letter. As with ALL our classes, it is our policy that you MUST purchase your yarn and other class supplies at Knitting Temptations.

Knitting Temptations is thrilled to offer the Building with Lace series with Michelle. As many of you know, she is reaching new audiences far and wide with the Knit Purl Hunter Progressive Needles Knit-Along series sponsored by Skacel, her book and magazine publications, as well as workshops and appearances around the country. We are honored by her commitment to Knitting Temptations.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!


COURSE SCHEDULE (1st Wednesday of each month):

Note: The first class will meet from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm for the afternoon session and from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm for the evening session.

Listed below are the dates for the entire series.

September 6 (first class only; afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm or evening 5:30pm – 8:30pm)
October 4
November 1
December 6
January 3
February 7
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6



  • Yarn: Rylie by HiKoo (50% Baby Alpaca, 25% Mulberry Silk, 25% Linen; 274 yards/100g), 5 skeins
  • US 6 (4 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge. A 32″ sharp-tipped circular needle is recommended.
  • Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook
  • 628 Size 6 round beads. Purchase the beads at a later date after class discussion.
  • US 12 (1 mm or 0.75 mm) steel crochet hook, used for beading
  • Smooth, contrasting colored waste yarn, approx. 20 yards
  • Cable needle
  • Removable stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Sticky notes
  • 50 (or more) yards smooth, light-colored worsted-weight yarn and appropriate sized needles to be used as a swatch to practice new stitches in each class

22 stitches and 29 rows = 4″ in stockinette.

Please take the time to work a gauge swatch prior to the first class to ensure the correct yardage.

Knit a gauge swatch:  Cast on 30 stitches and working for 40 rows in stockinette. Measure the inside of the swatch to assess the number of stitches in 4″. If your gauge is different than the gauge stated above, change needle sizes and try again. Remember, loose stitches use more yarn and may require additional skeins. Swatching is important!

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