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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

    […] or even just a little piece of 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 […]

  2. How to Knit an I-Cord Edge | Tin Can Knits
    January 13, 2022 @ 6:00 am

    […] these extra i-cord stitches using either the knitted cast-on method (described below) or the backward loop cast-on to add extra stitches on to the LH (left-hand) […]

  3. Julie
    September 11, 2021 @ 12:40 pm

    This article says “Links to other methods can be found here”. When I click on “here” it takes me to the new site and I can’t find any info on other methods. I could have sworn there were instructions for a long tail cast on but I can’t find it anywhere.

    • Emily Wessel
      September 13, 2021 @ 5:14 am

      Hi Julie – thanks for letting us know! I’ll fix that issue in this post shortly. Until then, you can find our posts about casting-on here :

      • Julie
        September 17, 2021 @ 7:01 pm

        Thank you so much!!!

  4. Pocket Power! How to Add Pockets to Any Sweater You Like | Tin Can Knits
    July 15, 2021 @ 6:00 am

    […] Pocket opening row (RS): Work to marker, place pocket sts on waste yarn, and then cast on the same number of stitches. Work remainder of row, placing on hold and casting on for any additional pockets. We suggest casting those extra stitches to the right-hand needle using the backwards loop cast on or turning the work to use the knitted-on cast-on. […]

  5. Why Knitting is a Good Hobby (when you’re stuck at home) – KNIT FURIOUSLY
    March 29, 2020 @ 7:46 pm

    […] Tin Can Knits How to Cast On has a great tutorial with step-by-step drawings as well as a video, which I will also embed here: […]

  6. Jude
    September 12, 2019 @ 7:39 am

    Which cast on method would you use for flax light pullover.

    • alexaludeman
      September 12, 2019 @ 11:36 am

      I am not very exciting with my cast on, I usually go for a long tail.

  7. Golden Light | Movie Signature
    December 1, 2018 @ 10:09 am

    […] created 11 Simple Collection structures, specifically designed to help you learn the basics from cast-on to turning a heel, and knitting your first sweater. And we have dozens of other free blueprints […]

  8. Golden Light | Tin Can Knits
    November 29, 2018 @ 6:11 am

    […] created 11 Simple Collection patterns, specifically designed to help you learn the basics from cast-on to turning a heel, and knitting your first sweater. And we have dozens of other free patterns too, […]

  9. Wendy
    February 10, 2018 @ 4:16 pm

    First time knitting a top down garment (Lush) and I’m wondering what technique you use for the underarm cast on when separating sleeves from the body? Thanks.

    • alexaludeman
      February 10, 2018 @ 10:18 pm

      Hi Wendy – we used a backwards loop cast on

    November 25, 2017 @ 11:48 am

    […] Tin can Knits: la bailarina AQUÍ […]

  11. Jen
    October 3, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

    Would a leftie just mirror this? I’m kinda ambidextrous, but I already crochet left-handed. Thanks!

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

      Hi Jen – I find knitting to be a 2 handed process (like playing the piano), so I wouldn’t change a thing. You might just want to try holding your yarn in your left hand, as opposed to your right, but lots of righties do that too

  12. Jackie Ohlson
    September 18, 2017 @ 8:50 am

    I just started the Easy Peasy hat pattern and have finished both ear flaps. I’m not sure how to cast on at this point since I already have stitches on my circular needle.

  13. Christine Bolduc
    March 20, 2017 @ 7:20 am

    Very helpful, thanks !

  14. Wee Cardi- Post 1A | Cream City Yarn
    March 3, 2017 @ 11:28 am

    […] Click here for tutorial on Knitted Cast on […]

  15. Strickinspiration: Einfach und Schön | Lockenfuchs
    February 11, 2017 @ 4:49 am

    […] über Socken bis zu Pullover und Cardigan. Zu jeder Anleitung gibt es weitere Tutorials, die von „Wie schlage ich Maschen an?“ bis zur magic-loop Methode für Socken alles notwendige erklären. Sämtliche Muster gibt es in […]

  16. Sweater Techniques Series – Gramps Baby Cardigan – 3 / 6 : Top-Down Sweater Construction | Tin Can Knits
    November 15, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

    […] For our size, 1-2 years this is 33 stitches. Never cast on before? You can find our cast on tutorial here. […]

  17. sherry
    July 15, 2016 @ 1:34 am

    I have started the malt blanket–I used the knitted cast on that I learned just now–the long tail cast on is the only one I had been taught –wish me luck and thank you for offering this

    • Veronica
      August 6, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

      Sherry are you using the same yarn to make the malt blanket? If so where did you purchase it?

  18. How to Knit | Tin Can Knits
    November 17, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    […] Before you can begin knitting, you must cast on. […]

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

    […] loop cast on but you could turn your work (so the wrong side is facing), cast on sts using a knitted cast on, then turn your work back (so the right side is […]

  20. Rosemary
    March 9, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    Hi, I want to knit a stocking stitch touque for wearing hunting jusy plain, I have made your Antler hat & your barley hat & find your sizing to be very accurate.I was wondering if I could use one of your free hat patterns that would give me best results using 4mm &5ml needes that would provide me the besr results for 22 in mans touque.Hope you can help me out.Many thanks.Rosie

    • Emily Wessel
      April 2, 2015 @ 1:54 am

      Hi Rosie – You can use the Barley hat pattern – it’s free:
      After the ribbed brim, if you simply knit every round, instead of working the garter stitch section, then you’ll have a simple stockinette stitch hat. Good luck! Emily

  21. Cathy
    November 5, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

    Where can I buy the yarn to make the baby blanket entitled Malt?

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

    […] written patterns, Tin Can Knits has made available a great selection 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 […]