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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. Ready to Learn Something New? We’ve Got a Hat for That! | Tin Can Knits
    December 31, 2020 @ 6:30 am

    […] worked in a different way. It looks intricate, but it’s actually not too tough. Check out our smocking stitch tutorial and then hop over to get the Gather hat and cowl pattern. It’s a really fun little […]

  2. #TCKnewtricksKAL complete! | Tin Can Knits
    April 1, 2020 @ 12:23 am

    […] who made Gather hats or cowls to learn the smocking technique (it’s EASY and very effective… check out our tutorial here).  And many others tried steeking for the first time.  Socks were a popular new technique, some […]

  3. WoolWork Tin Can Knits-along: Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes…and hands! – KnitBritish
    November 13, 2019 @ 11:32 pm

    […] a lovely cowl, which features smocking – there is a tutorial for this on the TCK website too (and there is a hat pattern to match!) I made this for a friend in […]

  4. Fall is for Hats | Tin Can Knits
    September 19, 2019 @ 8:22 am

    […] mostly because it looks pretty and complicated, but it couldn’t be simpler (we even have a tutorial for that here if you don’t believe me). I enjoyed putting this unusual palette together, a golden yellow, […]

  5. freysontheside
    December 24, 2015 @ 6:58 am

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorials. Your pictures and explanations t5make it so easy to learn new techniques.

  6. Sweater help! | Tin Can Knits
    March 6, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    […] our technique tutorials. Unsure of how to work an ssk? Need to work a lace chart? Curious about the smocking stitch? We have tutorials for that! If you have any requests just leave a comment on the blog and we will […]

  7. Fae
    February 14, 2015 @ 4:50 pm

    Thanks for your very clear explanation of this stitch. I could not figure it out until then! Also, there are you-tubes on this but it goes so fast—-the pictures are perfect.

  8. Meta Nisbet
    November 16, 2014 @ 10:21 am

    The cowl pattern appears not to use the Smock 5 stitch, only the Smock 6. Am I reading this correctly?

    • alexaludeman
      November 21, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

      Nope, you are correct, the cowl only uses smock 6 because there are no decreases.

  9. Jacinta
    November 15, 2014 @ 12:52 am

    Thank you for the tutorial:-)

  10. thefirstdark
    December 19, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Reblogged this on The Darkness in the Light.

  11. nessastardom
    November 8, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Love the tutorial as well and greatly lit imagery! X

  12. HannahDavis
    November 8, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Thanks for this explanation. I’ve seen another method that looked really risky because it seemed like you somehow wrapped your yarn around and around the stitches (I think with them on a cable needle?), but that would lead to uneven tension and little gathers of different widths unless you were very practiced! This way looks perfect!

  13. sandra
    November 8, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    J’adore je suis une grande fan de tous vos modèles….Merci pour ces belles créations….