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Class - Beginning Lace Skills Builder (Midlothian Shawl)

This class will meet 5 times over 6 weeks.  The last class will focus on demonstrating blocking methods.
Monday evenings 6pm-8pm on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, and Nov. 7, 2022

Instructor:  Stephanie

Enrollment: 8 maximum  

Skill Level: Intermediate.  Also suitable for an adventurous and confident beginner.  All knitting styles welcome. Left handed, right handed, English, Continental, etc.  Stephanie is ready to support you and work with your unique knitting style.  

Skills Required to Enroll:  Students must be able to confidently cast on, knit, purl, and bind off unassisted.  AND Students should know what the following abbreviations mean and how to do at least two of the three of them in their knitting:

  1. k2tog
  2. ssk or skp
  3. yo

Skills Learned in Class:  You don't need to already know how to do these to take class.  You're in class to learn these things:
  • Following charted and written lace instructions, 
  • triangular shawl construction,
  • various lace patterns,
  • picot bind off,
  • the magic of blocking,
  • the secrets of directional decreases and increases, 
  • garter tab start (optional).

Class Project:  Midlothian by Dee O'Keefe  Pattern not included in class.  You have several options to acquire the pattern for class

Yarn: 650 - 850 yards of DK weight yarn.  Use your stash yarn or get 10% off yarn purchased for class.

If you want guidance selecting yarn for this project, stop by the shop.  We're ready to help!  You have lots of choices.  This pattern is written for DK weight yarn, but you can use any weight yarn you want.  Those who are new to lace should use DK or thicker yarns.  If you are already confident and comfortable using thinner yarns like a fingering weight you may use it in class at your discretion.  DK or thicker yarn will help you to see your stitches easier and recognize stitch structures more clearly.  Beginner lace knitters should avoid dark colors, thick-n-thin yarn, heathered, textured, nubby, or fuzzy yarns.  If you already have experience with lace, feel free to have fun with your yarn choice.  Hold a strand of mohair together with a fingering weight for some heavenly decadence.  Lace work will show best with solid, semi-solid, and tonal yarns.  Color gradients and ombre yarns can also be fun for this project.  If you are using a variegated yarn, look for one that does not have a mix of dark and light colors.  Lace projects made with wool or wool blends will provide the best blocking experience.  Avoid slippery yarns. 

Some good DK weight yarn options in the shop are:
  • Tempting Ewe Yarns, Ewe so Perfect DK
  • Tempting Ewe Yarns, Ewe so DK and Sparkly
  • Plymouth, Yakima
  • Malabrigo, Arroyo
  • Berroco, Ultra Wool DK
  • Stolen Stitches, Nua Sport

Needles:  US 7 or other size needle suitable for your yarn.  Lace is usually knitted with a needle a little bit larger than what the yarn label might call for.  

Bring to class: your yarn wound and ready to knit, a printed copy of the pattern, needles, stitch markers, any other handy tools you like to have by you while you are knitting.  Colored pencils or highlighters for color coding our charts and instructions may be useful too.  Highlighter tape and magnetic chart keepers can be helpful tools too.

*About Ravelry In-Store Purchases:

  • Cloverhill gets a small portion of the pattern sale, but most of it goes directly to the designer. 
    • It’s a great way to support the shop and the pattern designer.
  • Cloverhill will print the pattern for you.
    • If you purchase a pattern independently, we cannot print it for you.
  • Ravelry will email a link for you to download the PDF.
    • An email address must be provided at time of purchase.
  • The pattern (and all future updates) will be available to you forever in your Ravelry library.
    • Your Ravelry ID must be provided at time of purchase. (not your password!)

This class meets 5 times over 6 weeks. Get 10% off yarn purchased for class.

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.