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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. New Knitters, Begin Here! | Tin Can Knits
    February 24, 2022 @ 6:00 am

    […] knitting with no particular purpose. You just want to figure out casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. Those are the most important basics, and if that seems like too much, just skip the purling! It […]

  2. Giulia
    October 23, 2020 @ 2:02 am

    Hi! I am currently working on my first sweater using the simple collection pattern (which is by the way great!). I have bind off and the body is done but somehow the bottom edge remains kind of rigid. It doesn’t stretch much. Did I do something wrong?

    • Alexa Ludeman
      October 23, 2020 @ 10:59 am

      Hi Giulia – I would try a looser bind off. I usually use a slightly bigger needle to work my bind off to keep it a little looser.

  3. Demaris
    May 9, 2020 @ 1:16 pm

    Thank you ‘

  4. Amanda
    October 16, 2018 @ 9:05 pm

    How do I make the bind off stretchy? It is too tight for a sweater. I feel like the bottom should stretch. This is my first sweater project. Ty!

    • alexaludeman
      October 17, 2018 @ 10:25 am

      Hi Amanda – I would try going up a couple of needle sizes when you bind off

  5. Cath Hough
    March 24, 2018 @ 4:16 am

    I’m going to knit the malt blanket. When it mentions using a marker, does the marker go on the needle or the stitch?

    • alexaludeman
      March 26, 2018 @ 9:18 am

      Hi Cath – check out our tutorial for the Wheat Scarf, all the principles are the same as the Malt blanket, just the stitch counts are different. It has helpful pictures.

  6. Nancy
    December 4, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

    I am currently knitting your Little Tern Blanket. What bind-off would you suggest? Thank you for your help.

    • alexaludeman
      December 6, 2017 @ 7:08 pm

      Hi Nancy – for the final bind off I used just a regular knit bind off

  7. Kebra
    August 20, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    Could you add some tutorials on other bind-off methods, and perhaps suggestions for the best type of bind off for the project you’re doing. I want a stretchy bind off for the bottom band of the Wind Swept sweater, and I’m having trouble with the tubular bind off.

  8. Simple Lines 2.0 - Temple of Knit
    July 26, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

    […] repeat the rib border as described above. Bind off using your favorite stretchy bind off. I used this very basic bind off with a larger […]

  9. One Row Buttonholes | Tin Can Knits
    April 27, 2015 @ 6:00 am

    […] pass the first over the second and off (also known as binding off 1 […]

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

    […] passing the first over the second, knitting another stitch, passing the first over the second etc [tutorial here]. Binding off in pattern is almost the same, but instead of knitting each of the sts you are working […]

  11. Free pattern Friday: Oats | espacetricot
    August 30, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    […] of online tutorials (e.g. How to Cast On (video), How to Knit (video), How to Purl (video), How to Bind Off (Video), How to Knit Your First Scarf, How to Weave in Ends, Basic […]