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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

    […] Needles […]

  2. lalanon
    February 8, 2022 @ 10:16 am

    Hi! I’m looking at the Rye socks pattern and it call for DPN 3.25 and 3.75, but I find only 3, 3.5 and 4 mm here. Should I substitute up or down?

    • Alexa Ludeman
      February 10, 2022 @ 1:59 pm

      Hi – I think you’ll be best off with 3.5 and 4mm needles for the Rye socks.

  3. Holly Murphy
    September 3, 2021 @ 4:51 pm

    Hi, Can you tell me where you got the image of the circular knitting needles with the flat ends. I have been looking everywhere for a seller.

    • Emily Wessel
      September 6, 2021 @ 7:01 am

      Hi, I’m not sure what you mean about circular knitting needles with ‘flat ends’. I think there are knit picks interchangeable needles and Addi fixed circular needles shown, if that helps.

  4. Marie Reine
    February 18, 2021 @ 6:28 pm

    Allo. I would like very much to have the totorial for the cardigan, thank you .

  5. Let’s Knit a Hat | Tin Can Knits
    August 18, 2020 @ 3:13 pm

    […] Needles: You will need 3 types of needles for this hat. Circular needles in 2 sizes as well as double pointed needles in the larger size. Why all the needles you ask? The smaller circular needle (US 6 / 4mm) is for the ribbing, which you want to be a little tighter. The larger circular needle (US 8 / 5mm) is for the body of the hat. The Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) are for the decreases in the hat. If you don’t want to use DPNs you can also try the Magic Loop Method with a long circular. For more information on knitting needles check out our needle post here. […]

  6. Let’s make a Beloved Bonnet | Tin Can Knits
    March 31, 2020 @ 10:54 pm

    […] You can find the pattern on our website or Ravelry. The pattern lists the supplies you need; yarn, needles, stitch markers, and what gauge to achieve, but to be honest, matching gauge precisely isn’t […]

  7. Let’s knit a scarf | Tin Can Knits
    October 22, 2019 @ 3:33 pm

    […] and 5mm circular needles (if you don’t know a thing about yarn check out this post, or needles check out this post). There are many yarns and needles that will work for your first scarf so we recommend a trip to […]

  8. Ginny Mann
    March 2, 2016 @ 9:54 am

    I’m an intermediate knitter, but I’ve never done a swatch for gauge. do you have a tutorial or other information anywhere that teaches that?

    • alexaludeman
      March 2, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

      Yep! You can check out our gauge tutorial here.

  9. Corrina
    January 18, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

    I am looking at the Simple collection- and trying to not buy a ton of needles–but I think I still need different lengths- is it possible to get around this, or…?

    • alexaludeman
      January 18, 2016 @ 9:47 pm

      It will depend on what you are knitting. For the Wheat the length doesn’t much matter, for a blanket you will need a 24″ or longer, hats generally take 2 sizes of needles because you want a nice tight rib at the start. The needles recommended are ones you would use often for hats though, a good investment in my opinion. For the cowl you will need a 16″ for the short and a 32″ for the long (no way around it). Socks you can use double points or a long circular (you can try a 32″ but I find a 40″ needle suits me better). For the sweater you will need all the recommended needles.

  10. littleblackdogsa
    July 30, 2013 @ 12:41 am

    Apart from yarn, needles are my next big love. I am always buying more it would seem. :-)