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Emily Wessel

Hi! I’m Emily Wessel, I design fun-to-knit patterns and helpful technique tutorials. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland with my husband and two kids, where I like to run, knit, learn languages, and hang out with friends. I am co-founder and designer at Tin Can Knits -


  1. Marianna
    September 6, 2019 @ 8:13 am

    I love the blanket and I like to knit it. I don’t I understand the pattern cause I expect a row by row instructions. If you can guide me like that please do. I’m looking for a perfect blankets and yours is!

    • alexaludeman
      September 10, 2019 @ 2:02 pm

      Hi Marianna – So glad you like it! The pattern itself includes the line by line instructions, the tutorial is meant to go along with the pattern

  2. Susie
    July 19, 2019 @ 5:18 pm

    I have finished the squares using Noro Kureyon color 344 (blues, browns, aqua & lime). I did 25 squares for a baby blanket. I blocked each square using cold water. When I started putting the blanket together I realized that the Noro ran on my main color (which is white). Anyone else have problems with the Noro not being colorfast? Any suggestions on how to fix the problem? I am just sick about this – so much work as gone into the protect.

  3. Rebecca Laucks Hamm
    May 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

    I don’t understand this…

    ….During your bind-off round, you will come to stitches that are wrapped. In this case, when you knit them, pick up and knit the wraps together with the wrapped stitches (then bind them off as per the bind-off above)….

    Is this going down into past rows? Or just the last row prior to bind off? I have a beautiful dot and terrible holey squares.

    • alexaludeman
      May 29, 2019 @ 3:45 pm

      Hi Rebecca – last row prior to bind off.

    • Katharine O'Brien
      July 4, 2021 @ 4:02 am

      This was quite an undertaking for me but I learned a lot! My only concern is that when I bind off as you suggested I get a big gap between where I started to bind off and where I end up and it looks messy. Any suggestions? I thought it was because of the circular needles and the tugging.

      • Alexa Ludeman
        July 4, 2021 @ 10:45 pm

        Hi Katharine – You can either use your tail to sew up that gap, OR you can pick up an extra stitch in the first stitch bound off and then bind that stitch off too (that closes the gap)

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  6. Marsha Todd Parker
    February 24, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

    I love your Pop Blanket! It has made me conquer my fear of Magic Loop and learn several new techniques!
    It has a distinctive modern appeal to my three 30-something children, so I am making each of them one. I just started a few squares of a “test blanket” for myself in four different shades of blue on ecru. I am already dreading the crochet finish, so question: can the squares be left with “live” edge stitches on stitch holders and then joined using the Three-Needle Bind-Off? I would put two squares together wrong sides facing each other so the seam would show because I like the look of the ridges on your blanket. So I suppose I would still bind off the outside edges of the perimeter squares normally?
    Is this idea possible? Would I need to knit one extra round in order to pick up the wrapped stitches (stitches 8, 10, and 11 of each section), or just pick them up as I bind seams together? (some backwards and upside down). Should I knit that 4th section clear to the end instead of stopping after six stitches?
    Is there another way to join squares by knitting? I don’t mind having to map out the pattern of the four colors in advance and join them as I go.
    I love this pattern!
    Thank you!

    • alexaludeman
      February 24, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

      Hi Marsha – you can absolutely finish it with live edges worked together with a 3 needle bind off. You may want to try a few squares and see if you are happy with the stretchy-ness of this method.

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  8. Sarah
    November 20, 2016 @ 9:17 am

    I love the pattern and the look of Kuryeon, but don’t understand how you can get all the variety of colors and shades in all of the squares with just 2 colourways of Kuryeon. Did you use other shades, or ONLY just 272 and 284 for ALL of the squares? If you used other shades, do you have a list? I know of a sale on Kuryeon which ends soon, so please answer as soon as you are able. Thanks

    • alexaludeman
      November 21, 2016 @ 10:52 pm

      Hi Sarah – Kureyon used to be different, with slightly shorter repeats so we did use 272 and 284 but a few years ago.

  9. Terry O'Brien
    August 30, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    I am making the polka dot blanket and just finished the circle, ready to move to MC and beginning row 14. I don’t know what “pm” means? Can you help please”

    • alexaludeman
      August 30, 2016 @ 11:58 am

      Hi Terry – place marker.

  10. Natasha
    June 21, 2016 @ 6:47 am

    Hi! I love this blanket. I just started and have never done short rows before. When I bind off, I have some bumpy pieces- is this normal or am I doing something wonky with my turns & wrapping?

    • alexaludeman
      June 21, 2016 @ 9:29 am

      This is pretty normal, you may want to try German Short Rows (I love them myself). Have you blocked your square? Once you have blocked it you can see if you like the final square.

  11. Elaine Pollard
    April 18, 2016 @ 9:10 am

    I am having such a problem doing the wrap and turns. I’ve tried regular ones and German ones, and either way it looks bad. I’ll keep trying.

  12. librarymag
    March 23, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

    This is a great pattern. Making the squares was a great way to unwind at the end of the day. I knitted 80 squares, 8×10, and crocheted a border around it to finish it off.
    The end result was very pleasing. So pleasing, I did some blatant showing off, on Facebook, of the finished project. Amazing response. This is thanks to your pattern and its use the Noro wool. It was a joy to knit. Thanks

  13. Nicole JANIAK
    March 22, 2016 @ 9:49 am

    Bravo et grand merci pour toutes ces explications que je cherche depuis plusieurs semaines, pour faire une horloge. Bonne continuation, Nicole.

  14. Lesley chapman
    January 4, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

    Hi I’ve had your POP pattern for a while now dug it out this evening and decided to give it a go with some scraps of wool. I’ve finished a square and I can’t stop looking at it am thrilled with the results and great fun to knit.
    Gonna knit some more!!

  15. judithmewton
    October 4, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    I am giving up, I do not think this should be categorised as suitable for beginners!!!

    • alexaludeman
      October 6, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

      I wouldn’t categorize it for beginners either, there are a few tricky techniques

  16. shaelyne
    July 31, 2015 @ 5:05 am

    Sooooooo cool ….

  17. Lori
    March 17, 2015 @ 9:54 pm

    This is great…just a thought though…it would be lovely if you filmed yourself knitting a square and put it on youtube or something as it would be easier to follow for us visual learners…I would love to make a blanket but am a little intimidated…

  18. christofere
    February 21, 2015 @ 2:37 am

    Hi Help it is second unsuccessful square when you say Knit do I just knit without adding stitches at all? because when I follow just knit my colourful part ends up like a tube and when I add one stitch to every needle it is not good either I’m not sure what to do here. it’s my very first circular knit so I hope you can help so I can knit this beautiful blanket ^-^

    • alexaludeman
      February 25, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

      I’m not sure I follow. When it says to knit, you just knit. The increases rounds are increasing more than one st, it is doubling your sts. It may look like a tube at first, but it will relax once you have finished your square.

      • christofere
        February 10, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

        Thanks Alex figured out what went wrong :-)

  19. Sue
    December 1, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    I loved making the squares but now I am seaming the square together and it is a bunched up mess! Help! I blocked each square and they are fairly flat.

    • alexaludeman
      December 3, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

      How are you seaming them? I find if you are using the crochet seam method it is important to go up several hook sizes, otherwise it’s toooooo tight.

    October 24, 2014 @ 12:40 am

    Hello, bonjour !
    Do you have the pattern of POP BLANKET in FRENCH ? I will buy it but I don’t find in FRENCH ! Merci, thank you very much, Cataliluc

  21. Dana Harmon
    August 8, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

    Hello! I’m nearing the end of the knitting part of my 120 square blanket and am considering adding a backing fabric. Do you have any suggestions for what type of fabric to use and how to sew it on? Will a sewing machine work?

  22. Susan H
    June 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

    So I downloaded the pattern and have made it to my first short row corner and something is confusing me. The pattern says ‘knit 4, w&t, purl 8, w&t…’ And so forth. How is it that I only knit 4 on the first part, especially when I turn and have to purl 8? Is there a correction I don’t know about? Shouldn’t I knit 10 first in order to purl 8? Or have I missed something? Help! :) I’ve made it this far. Thanks!

    • Susan H
      June 22, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

      Never mind. Figured it out. But it sure was confusing. :) For newbies to magic loop {such as myself}, you might put in bold letters the statement of adjusting your cable in order to do the short rows. I had done short rows before but not with magic loop. Or maybe not this way. Whew. I finished my first square but I feel like it was a well-worn battle to get there. Lol. I looked at this pattern and my knitting forever before it clicked. I’m almost scared to try again. But I will. ‘Cause I’m super stubborn. 😉

      • Emily Wessel
        June 28, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

        The first time you make one of these, it takes a bit of a mental leap! But you get a lot of practice when you’re making a blanket with 20+ squares! ~ Emily

    • Emily Wessel
      June 28, 2014 @ 11:42 pm

      Just follow the pattern as written! You will k4, then w&t, and when you are purling 8, you have to purl PAST the corner marker (slip it, leaving it in position at the centre of the corner). Hope this helps!

  23. Vicki Grierson
    June 1, 2014 @ 1:40 pm

    I really love this pattern which I saw made up last week in Baa Ram Ewe on Otley Road in Leeds. I I’m enjoying the challenge of knitting the squares and know it will be perfect when completed as a buggy blanket for my new grandson. Thank you for a wonderful design and the very helpful blog!

    • Emily Wessel
      June 10, 2014 @ 10:28 am

      You are very welcome!

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  25. Cynthia
    April 24, 2014 @ 4:22 am

    Why don’t you weave in the yarn end at the end of the bind off? What do you do with it? Is it crocheted into the slip stitches?

    • alexaludeman
      April 24, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

      If you leave a good sized tail you can use it to seam up your squares (makes for fewer ends if you use them for seaming too!)

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  28. Kathy Adin
    August 23, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    I’m at 110 of 120 blocks, and have started making strips to combine into rows. All looks very good EXCEPT despite having blocked each square carefully, they have lost their flatness and the circles are popping up. Is this how it should look, or do I need to wet block it? My LYS has sen me through the project, and thinks the 3D effect is what it should be. She thinks just spraying the seams will be all that is needed. Help!

    • Emily Wessel
      August 23, 2013 @ 11:06 am

      Hi Kathy – I’d suggest blocking the finished blanket – soak it in the bathtub, wring it out gently, get it as dry as possible by rolling in towels, then lay it out somewhere for a couple days. You could also put it through the washer if you have a ‘spin cycle only’ setting to get most of the water out. The more dry you can get it before you lay it out the faster it will dry all the way through. If you have a spare bed in the house, strip the sheets off it and lay out the damp blanket on it (that’s what I do). If not, perhaps there’s a rug? My blanket, after some time, ‘popped’ a bit (the central circles pop up a bit, it’s not 100% flat), but I think it kind of adds to the charm :)

      Hope this helps –

      • Rachael Patten
        February 27, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

        You can also take it to a laundromat and use an extractor… it’ll pull out a lot more water than a spin cycle alone.

  29. Geneva
    June 21, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    Being a relatively new knitter, I taught myself last summer, I was rather challenged by the pattern for this awesome blanket. But, the owner of the yarn shop that I frequent was making it and I wanted to try! I have gone from reading the instructions step by step, checking and double checking my process on the tutorial to making square after lovely square without even looking at the instructions! A big thank you to helping in my knitting success!!!

  30. Janet Hopkins
    March 17, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    I bought the “Pop” blanket pattern at The Edinburgh Yarn Festival yesterday at The Drill Hall ( a great day, please repeat ). It looks an interesting “challenge – now I have read your DIY page I am going to try it one quiet weekend- use up my stash of odd balls of wool.thanks Janet.

    • Emily Wessel
      March 17, 2013 @ 9:42 am

      Good luck with it! If there is anything you still don’t understand from the tutorial, be sure to let us know! It was lovely to meet so many knitters! ~ Emily

  31. Laura
    January 31, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    The POP Blanket is a Winner! I loved making the individual squares, it was almost a mantra at the end, as if I could not end the day without having made another module! Baby Axel, now covered with this blanket, certainly wears a big smile when he sees the colorful circles! Well written pattern, very easy to comprehend. I knitted the corners knitting forward and backward so I did not have to change DPNs, easier with circular needles :-).
    Thanks again for this very nice design.

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