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Emily Wessel

Hello - I'm from Vancouver Island, Canada, but I live and work in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am co-founder and designer at Tin Can Knits - www.tincanknits.com

27 Comments

  1. Peggy spittler
    December 30, 2021 @ 8:56 am

    Video would be helpful, you tube was more help

  2. Stripes Stripes Stripes! | Tin Can Knits
    January 7, 2021 @ 6:15 am

    […] child-sized, colour-blocked scarf was also made on my knitting machine. I worked a 2×2 rib pattern over 82 stitches, using all kinds of sock-yarn odds and ends. I made it with my four-year-old […]

  3. Christine Cooper
    January 2, 2020 @ 4:04 pm

    I like to buy a book for pattern and stitch diagram for knitting and or crochet

  4. V.nashat
    November 18, 2019 @ 1:45 am

    Where can I find information. on flax light jumper flax light set up round 1.Doing a kbf knit one before and after raglan s for one round only increased stitch count by 4.help please.

  5. Jess H.
    November 2, 2018 @ 3:19 am

    Hi! I am about to start the Flax sweater, my first ever sweater!!! I was reading though the instructions and wanted to clarify how to increase the yoke before starting the raglan section. Is there an increase that works best?

    • Emily Wessel
      November 2, 2018 @ 3:58 am

      You can use a kfb, or you could use a m1 increase; we’ve got a tutorial on how to do that kind here: https://blog.tincanknits.com/2013/10/03/m1/

      • Jess H.
        November 2, 2018 @ 5:19 am

        Thank you so much…i should have looked through the blog first before posting because I found it soon after lol. Thank you for your quick reply though. I can’t wait to get started!!

  6. Diana McKerracher
    October 8, 2018 @ 8:02 am

    I am just starting the Flaxlight for a baby gift with a self-patterning sock yarn. The pattern will show up more if I skip the garter stitch panel along the sleeve – will the pattern work if I make this change? Thanks very much for your help.

    • alexaludeman
      October 8, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

      Hi Diana – You bet! It’s no problem to skip the garter

  7. Betty Lao
    July 1, 2018 @ 12:48 pm

    Can you help me w/ the center bar sleeves of Flax sweater without beginning again?. I’m getting too many stitches within markers. I did increases at markers (8)

    • alexaludeman
      July 3, 2018 @ 10:01 am

      Hi Betty – your increases should come on either side of the marker, one before and one after. Does that help?

  8. Becky
    March 29, 2018 @ 5:56 pm

    I am making the flax sweater and my I stitch count is not coming out correctly when increasing the yoke. I’m doing for 6-8 year olds and have gotten to the rounds increasing with the kfb. When I get my 9 rounds done I have 150 stitches and not 174! Can you tell what i’m Doing wrong?

    • alexaludeman
      April 2, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

      Hi Becky – it sounds like maybe you are missing some of the increases. Each raglan round you should be increasing 8 sts, one on either side of the 4 markers.

  9. Ruth Adler
    December 31, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    I’m knitting the flax simple pullover and the instructions are very confusing.
    “ The garter stitch sleeve panel is now established. garter stitch in the round is created by knitting on one round and purling on the next”
    In my memory garter stitch is knit both sides.

    • alexaludeman
      January 2, 2018 @ 9:22 am

      Hi Ruth – it is knit on both sides if you are working back and forth. For knitting in the round it is different, because the right side of the work is always facing you so it is knit on one round and purl on the next

  10. Taehee kim
    October 22, 2016 @ 11:58 am

    i’m knitting the rye socks and there are 2 different types of ribbing in the cuff and the first part says rib until it measures 1.5″ and then the second part says rib until it measures 6.5″. does this mean until it measures 6.5″ in total or just the second part of the ribbing?

    • alexaludeman
      October 23, 2016 @ 12:37 am

      Hi Taehee – so, I think you are using ribbing to describe too many things maybe? There is the ribbing (1×1 rib in the Rye socks), which you will do for 1.5″, then the leg of the sock (which is made up of the 1.5″ of ribbing you just worked and the leg of the sock which is garter and stockinette) will measure 6.5″ when you are done. So you are measuring from the cast on for the 6.5″

  11. How to Purl | Tin Can Knits
    November 17, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    […] Congratulations!  With knit and purl, you can work all three of the stitch patterns required for all the designs in the Simple Collection: garter stitch (knitting all stitches of every row), stockinette stitch (knit right side rows, purl wrong side rows), and ribbing (alternating knits and purls in the same row).  For more about these stitch patterns, see this tutorial. […]

  12. vimandvigour
    January 16, 2015 @ 8:49 am

    Very interesting section on ribbing! I just finished knitting fingerless mitts and am not super happy about how the ribbing on the cuff kind of billows out where it meets the stockinette section. I wonder if you might have any suggestions on how to prevent this problem. I used 2 x 2 ribbing in a worsted weight yarn. I wonder how to make a smoother transition between the two sections…

  13. Debbie L.
    January 16, 2015 @ 8:48 am

    Very interesting section on ribbing! I just finished knitting fingerless mitts and am not super happy about how the ribbing on the cuff kind of billows out where it meets the stockinette section. I wonder if you might have any suggestions on how to prevent this problem. I used 2 x 2 ribbing in a worsted weight yarn. I wonder how to make a smoother transition between the two sections…

    • alexaludeman
      January 19, 2015 @ 6:01 pm

      Hi Debbie

      There really isn’t a way, since ribbing ‘pinches in’ and stockinette is smooth. If you put the mittens on you might find the ribbing stretches to where the stockinette is. Alternatively you could work a decreases in the first round of stockinette, but I don’t think you want that, you want nice tight ribbing to keep your mittens on!

  14. Let’s Knit a Sweater | Tin Can Knits
    September 7, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

    […] This establishes where the sleeves, front and back are. The sleeves are worked with a garter panel down the middle, while the front and back are worked in stockinette st.   [learn more about basic stitch patterns here]. […]

  15. Pam
    February 26, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    wonderful tutorials and very nice patterns! THANK YOU!!

  16. Pia M.
    December 13, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    The simplicity of these patterns is not only beautiful but the foundation of the art of knitting. Although I love lace, cables etc. the foundations reveal, at least to me, the skill of the knitter. Just beautiful work! Love the Barley Hats!

  17. Stitch Patterns | Knit Me No Nonsense
    July 30, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    […] a different take on this subject, check out this article from the Tin Can Knits […]

  18. littleblackdogsa
    July 30, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    Love the Marshmallow mittens, they are a “must have” for sure! :-)