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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. Marie
    October 20, 2020 @ 11:36 am

    Hello, I love your patterns! I am in the process of making the Lush cardigan. I am having a little trouble with my brain. I am knitting the extra large as I don’t like my clothing tight and am having a bit of trouble with the lace. I figured I need 5 repeats to get 160 stitched. I don’t see how that is going to work. What do you suggest? If I do that then I think my lace will only go one direction or do I do 6 repeats and work decreased to get to the right stitch count. This is only the second cardigan I gave knit. please help. I am stuck. Marie

    • Alexa Ludeman
      October 20, 2020 @ 2:03 pm

      Hi Marie – I’m not sure I understand the question, are you following the pattern or making adjustments? It’s a little easier to do pattern support via email if you don’t mind dropping us a line at

  2. Sandra
    March 4, 2020 @ 8:21 am

    hi, I am in the process of knitting your lovely Lush cardigan. I am struggling on the decrease row on the top of the yoke. Pattern states to decrease 42 stitches equally from 192 to 150, this I am trying to do, 42 into 192= 4.57 sts. Have you any tips how to do it please, first time I’ve knitted a cardigan with a yoke. Sandra

    • alexaludeman
      March 4, 2020 @ 11:50 am

      Hi Sandra – With a ratio of 4.57 You want to decrease every 4 sts, then every 5 sts, (so k2, k2tog, k3, k2tog) for a total of 42 decreases.

  3. Christina Thaler
    July 12, 2018 @ 11:25 am

    I love knitting this :) i’ve been using the gramps sweater turorial for help and it works out great. I learned tons of techniques too.

  4. SheriO
    July 9, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

    Can these front button sweaters be worn with the buttons in the back?

    • alexaludeman
      July 9, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

      So funny you should ask, Hunter just started wearing her Lush cardigan backwards and got SO many compliments! Because the neckline is a bit wider on this one no additional shaping is needed.

  5. Christina Thaler
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:36 am

    I’m knitting Lush and I have trouble picking up stitches from the lace panel. My edges have never been neat and as I can’t drop a stitch this time to make them knit, it looks all wonky… any tips? Can I maybe add a stitch at each side and then pick up one stitch in, like you suggest for doing the ribbed buttonhole edge?

    • alexaludeman
      May 10, 2018 @ 9:40 am

      Hi Christina – I would pick up 1 stitch in from the edge, that stitch is generally a little neater

      • Christina Thaler
        May 10, 2018 @ 3:45 pm

        Thanks, will do that. I’ve added a stitch either side to the lace yoke so hopefully it will be ok now

  6. Lori
    July 30, 2017 @ 5:51 am

    Hello Emily. I went ahead and started Lush without reading your comments on fitting this sweater. I have a yoke that I can see is way too large. I did join the segments from the provisional cast on so was thinking of just removing one whole repeat of chart B . I wonder if I can unravel knitting from the end on the stitch holder. I will let you know. Beautiful pattern. I won’t mind doing the yoke again if I need to.

  7. agraves5
    March 14, 2017 @ 5:24 am

    I have never created anything in DK weight yarn. At my local yarn store, they do not have the brand you mentioned, so I am venturing to find another DK weight yarn. They had some \DK brands that were smooth feeling while other brands have a rougher texture. For lace work, what would you suggest?

    • alexaludeman
      March 14, 2017 @ 9:32 am

      Hmm, good question, at the risk of being completely unhelpful, it really just depends on what you prefer. The original Lush was knit in a slightly smmoother yarn, but a more rustic yarn would also look beautiful.

  8. Joan
    February 25, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    I’m struggling with size. My wee grand daughter while 1 yr old only has a 17″ chest and 7″ arm length…she is very small for her age. With the ease in the pattern would you reco the 6-12 month size or the 0-6 month size. I have the lace complete for the 6-12 month size but could frog it back. Thoughts?

    • alexaludeman
      February 25, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

      Definitely 6-12, a little positive ease is good on kiddos

      • Joan
        February 25, 2017 @ 2:49 pm

        Thank you for your timely response. You are the best!!

  9. Joan
    February 24, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

    I am doing this sweater on the 6-12 month size. When doing the yoke band it says to do 78 rows following the chart. Do you count the purl rows in this 78 or not. Ie is it 78 rows or 156 rows. Thanks for your help!

    • alexaludeman
      February 24, 2017 @ 9:47 pm

      Hi Joan – the purl rows count, so it’s a total of 78 (not 156)

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  12. Corinne
    June 2, 2014 @ 4:08 am

    Hi Emily
    I reached the point where I am supposed to separate arms and body. Now I have three questions:

    1. do I knit the 46 stitches on each side (size xs) before I put them on hold for the arms?

    2. where do the second 8 CO stitches for the underarm stitches go, before or after the stitches for the right sleeve?

    3. for the body, do I just knit forward and backwards all the stitches for L front, back and R front or do I knit the three parts separately?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    • Corinne
      June 2, 2014 @ 5:23 am

      I just found your excellent tutorial for the Gramps Baby Cardigan where you answered all my questions (and I learnt how to do the backward loop cast on. This is such a wonderful help for people like me who are doing stuff for the first time – thanks a lot!

    • Emily Wessel
      June 10, 2014 @ 10:27 am

      To answer your questions:
      1. When you place the stitches on hold, you don’t knit them first, you just thread a bit of scrap yarn through those stitches, as you take them off the needle. Then tie the ends of the scrap yarn so you don’t loose the stitches.

      Then you’ll cast on the underarm stitches (I’d suggest you use the backward loop cast-on method for this).
      Then you’ll knit across the back stitches.

      Then at the right sleeve you’ll put the stitches on hold in the same way as at the left (without knitting them first), and then cast on stitches for the right underarm in the same way as you did for the left.

      Finally you knit the remaining stitches (right front).

      3. To continue on the body, you knit all the stitches that are now on the needles back and forth in rows. So you’re effectively knitting the fronts and the back portions all at the same time.

      Hope this helps! Just try it and you’ll see how it works! Also see our Flax Pullover tutorial – it shows how to work a top-down garment step-by step.

  13. sophie-knits
    August 22, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Hi Emily, I recently bought your lovely book and I’m getting the feeling that this (very cute) pattern wasn’t written with not-so-well-endowed ladies in my mind. So if my bust measurement is 31″ (A cup) and I want the same amount of ease as the picture (I like a “shrunken” fit to wear with dresses)… I basically have to knit the size 10 y/o and add my own waist shaping? But won’t the shoulders end up way too narrow? (I’m not very tall, but still about 25 cm taller than an average 10 year old…) What would you suggest?

    • Emily Wessel
      August 22, 2013 @ 10:49 am

      Hi Sophie – For a slimmer less busty lady like yourself, I would recommend knitting with a little bit less negative ease than shown on our model (I’d suggest going with 1.5 or 2 inches rather than 3″ negative ease). Take a look at this project on ravelry – she knit the XS but used a slightly tighter gauge: and it turned our really nicely. If you do knit one of the childrens’ sizes, it is VERY easy to add waist shaping – just place markers at the underarms and follow the same directions as the adult sizes (stitch counts will be different of course). Hope this helps! ~ Emily

  14. Jenn
    August 15, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    What a gorgeous sweater! Do you have any advice for converting it to a pullover? It looks like it’s knit on a circular needle, so I don’t imagine that would be so difficult, but I’m interested in how you would recommend doing the lace yoke in one piece.

    • Emily Wessel
      August 16, 2013 @ 10:06 am

      Hello Jenn – thanks for the compliment on Lush! To convert to a pullover, you could work the yoke as stated, and then graft the stitches together at centre front, rather than leaving them on hold for button bands. Then you could pick up and knit the collar (but in the round rather than in rows), then pick up and knit down on the body and sleeves (but in the round, rather than in rows). Hope this helps! Let me know how it works out for you if you try it! ~ Emily

  15. wip: lush cardigan, 6.12 | K R A F T W O R K
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    […] I snapped this photo of the nearly finished body for the Lush Cardigan, I have since completely everything but one button band. It was a really quick knit, I was […]

  16. Maya
    June 6, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    Im not sure if its me, but I cant seem to find any suggested measurements lengthwise for blocking the yoke band. Ive browsed both here and on ravelry. Im knitting the 2-4 size, and only find the width of the band whwn finished, but not the length. Im afraid Ill block it too aggressively! Any pointers would be most welcome -I just love this pattern! So easy to follow.

    • Emily Wessel
      June 10, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

      Hi Maya – there aren’t any suggested lengthwise measurements, because it doesn’t really matter. Don’t worry about blocking too aggressively. When you pick up stitches each side of the band, then work stockinette up and down, then gauge of that stockinette stitch portion will control the length, and it will all work out! Many people were concerned about this, but it works out fine in the end! Also, you will re-block the completed sweater after knitting it, so it all evens out at that point.

  17. Tin Can Knitting | KnitBritish
    April 11, 2013 @ 7:58 am

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  18. missfilbroderie / clob
    March 18, 2013 @ 3:09 am

    ce gilet est magnifique tout comme le snow flake
    Je debute en tricot , mais j’aime faire les points dentelle
    Je voudrais bien acheter vos grilles mais sont elles traduites en francais ???
    je me suis abonnée à votre blog mise à jour … je verrais bien si j’arrive à tricoter avec vos explications si elles sont en anglais !
    Merci à vous pour ces beaux modèles dentelles ! ils sont magiques comme votre belle région

    • Emily Wessel
      March 18, 2013 @ 3:14 am

      Bonjour! Je ne parle pas français… But thanks for the lovely compliments! We do not plan to translate our patterns, because we wouldn’t be able to provide adequate pattern support in other languages. But thank you for asking, and perhaps the pattern language will be simple enough for you to understand in English.

  19. Donna Gerber
    March 14, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    Beautiful sweater! I love the way it is constructed too.