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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. Well that’s not scary: Knitting Intarsia – The Woolly Badger
    September 29, 2020 @ 5:44 am

    […] big holes appearing between each patch of colour, and keeps your work one lovely bit of material. Tin Can Knits have a great blog showing you how to do this twisty join, which I should’ve looked at before […]

  2. Lisa Rowley
    October 10, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

    I’m wondering if you can achieve the same clean change of color with a ribbed stitch or if there is a trick to making that work. I’d appreciate any feedback or advice. Thank you!

    • alexaludeman
      October 11, 2016 @ 9:46 am

      Hi Lisa – There is no reason it couldn’t work with ribbing, it would just be a question of tension over the change from knit to purl.

  3. Grand MacAlpine Stole | Wayfaring Yarns
    October 10, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

    […] Need help with intarsia?  Here’s a great tutorial for beginners and those who need a little refresher. […]

  4. Lynne Fleming
    April 27, 2016 @ 8:46 am

    Hi This is very helpful, but as I am not a great knitter found it hard to understand as I want t cast on in Main colour for the 1st row, on 2nd row knit 20 MC then join in Contrast k20 then join in Main colour and knit I have 2 lots of Main colour yarn? thank you

    • alexaludeman
      April 29, 2016 @ 9:37 am

      Hi Lynne – nope, just 1, the ball should be attached where you left it so you can just pick it back up again

  5. Tracy DeFreitas
    August 16, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    Thanks, for the help. I have a pattern that I was stumped by, having never done color block before.

  6. Sophia
    May 4, 2014 @ 12:37 am

    Whenever possible, weave the yarn tail into the back of an area of the same color. This will prevent the weaving from showing through on the right side of the work. Because there will be so many ends to weave in, take a break from knitting every now and then as you work to weave in a few.

  7. Judy
    February 17, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    So it looks like the two color cast on is not joined until the next row of knitting, is that right?

    • Emily Wessel
      February 18, 2014 @ 6:55 am

      Judy – you’re right, on the cast-on row, the cast-on stitches in the first colour are not yet ‘joined’ to the cast-on stitches in the second colour. The join happens first on the first row of knitting (or purling).

  8. Becky Dautermann Lamont
    July 26, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    For those of us who have never attempted intarsia, this makes the complicated understandable!

  9. Ruth
    January 31, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    Guess what? The basic join is just about all there is to intarsia (okay, and weaving in ends, but I bet you can do that just fine). Design something as amazing as that coat and try it out!

  10. Cassy
    January 30, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Great tutorial! I have yet to make something using intarsia, but I’m sure I will at some point. It looks a lot less intimidating now.

    • Philda
      July 24, 2020 @ 11:20 pm

      What a simple explenation. Even I got that and I am a novice knitter. Thank you.