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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

    […] it all at once! With some worsted weight yarn and some US #8 / 5mm needles you can get started (a few more details about yarn here). You can create a wee piece of knitting, practising your new skills, or you can jump right into […]

  2. Let’s Knit a Northward Hat | Tin Can Knits
    November 5, 2020 @ 1:32 pm

    […] Yarn For this pattern, you will need 70 (80, 100, 120) yards of bulky weight yarn. You can also use a worsted weight yarn held doubled, but you’ll need double the yardage. For more on yarn choices, check out our post here. […]

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

    […] Yarn: For the Barley hat you will need 70 (80, 90, 110, 150, 170) yards worsted / aran weight yarn. We used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in ‘badlands’, ‘thoreau’, ‘twig’, and ‘winter wheat’. If you need a little help with yarn information and substitutions, see our post on yarns here. […]

  4. 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 […]

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

    […] ‘spanish coin’ 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 […]

  6. Sweater Techniques Series – Gramps Baby Cardigan – 2 / 6 : Beginning a Knitting Project | Tin Can Knits
    August 18, 2015 @ 2:17 pm

    […] You will refer to the ball band to of the yarn you are considering to determine all of this information.  For more information on yarn and substitutions you can check out our yarn tutorial here. […]

  7. geroldoesterreichert7
    August 14, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

    Some yarn shops will wind a hank into a cake when you purchase it, otherwise you have to wind it at home using a ball winder and swift, …

  8. Eva
    March 6, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    Incidentally you can also spin with cat hair (at least the soft undercoat). It’s similar to spinning angora rabbit fur.