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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. Mix and Match: Combining Yarn Weights and Types in Stranded Colourwork | Tin Can Knits
    September 16, 2021 @ 6:00 am

    […] weight project, you could use sport, DK, worsted, or aran-weight yarns successfully. You could also hold a sock yarn doubled or a lace-weight yarn […]

  2. Paulette
    May 16, 2021 @ 2:38 pm

    I want to create a DK weight yarn equivalent to James c Brett’s marble DK .what weight yarn doubled would I use ?


    • Emily Wessel
      May 24, 2021 @ 12:00 am

      Probably two lace-weight yarns, if they’re ‘plump’ enough will work, but you might find a sock weight plus a lace weight is better to knit to the gauge you’re aiming for. Swatching will be key.

  3. How to Recycle Yarn from Second-Hand Sweaters | Tin Can Knits
    February 1, 2021 @ 7:56 am

    […] use in hand-knitting patterns. That said, it is possible to unravel finer-gauge sweaters and then hold several strands of yarn together when […]

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

    […] Marl is definitely a verb, right?! Combining yarns to create marled fabric effects is very easy and very joyful. The Snap hat is perfect for playing with this technique, and we also have a couple of useful tutorials that cover how to knit marled projects by holding yarns together and how to knit with more than one yarn strand. […]

  5. Judi R
    September 2, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

    Question for Jitterbean Girl: Where do you get–or how do you arrive at–the number of ” 0.58 ” to multiply by?

  6. That Which We Can Control | Tin Can Knits
    May 28, 2020 @ 6:04 am

    […] I finished the first bonnet, I couldn’t bring myself to stop. I used leftover sock-weight yarns, held doubled to get gauge. Beloved is designed in DK weight yarn, but if you work in worsted, aran weight (or holding […]

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

    […] yarn held together, which make a fabric a tiny bit heavier than DK, but it still works. We explain how to knit with 2 strands held together here. You can make Beloved in worsted / aran weight on 5mm needles if you prefer, it will just come out […]

  8. Eileen
    September 13, 2019 @ 7:07 am

    What is the rule of thumb if one is using 2 yarns of different weight?

    • alexaludeman
      September 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

      You’re not gonna like this answer but: swatch! It depends so heavily on the fabric you are trying to achieve, it’s going to need a swatch

  9. Gwen
    June 3, 2019 @ 2:36 pm

    Thanks for that info! I have so much sock yarn and now know what to do with it. I hate making socks!

  10. Painterly Yarn Combinations: layering mohair over a base yarn | Tin Can Knits
    May 30, 2019 @ 6:01 am

    […] There are a few different ways to blend mohair with another yarn; using a yarn that is the same colourway, a darker colourway or a lighter colourway. Are you curious about how, physically, to knit two yarns together? We’ve got a post here all about marling, and a post here that explains how to work with two strands held together. […]

  11. Kathy
    September 29, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

    Should I change my needle size if using 2 strands of sock yarn to knit socks? Thanks in advance

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:37 pm

      Hi Kathy – if you are using 2 strands of sock yarn you probably want to use a pattern that calls for heavy DK or worsted weight yarn, which would usually call for a larger needle. Check your gauge.

  12. Andrea
    August 14, 2017 @ 10:52 am

    Is there a tip to prevent the yarns from twisting?

    • alexaludeman
      August 14, 2017 @ 2:40 pm

      Hi Andrea – I think the twisting depends a bit on your knitting style, some styles will cause the yarns to twist more or less. If you are working from 2 balls you can just hold them in the air and let your knitting spin and un-twist.

  13. Jacqueline conkling
    February 17, 2017 @ 6:11 pm

    This is so helpful. Thank you very much for this information.

  14. Jitterbean Girl
    February 7, 2017 @ 10:21 am

    “One rule of thumb is to take the regular gauge of a yarn (eg. 7 sts / inch or 28 sts / 4″ for a sock weight) and multiply it by 70% (or 0.7).”

    “I don’t know a rule-of-thumb multiplier for tripling yarns, but it would be simple to make a gauge swatch and see how it turned out!”

    This rule of thumb can be generalized to any number of strands of yarn. You can divide the gauge by the square root of the number of strands. As it happens, multiplying by 0.7 is the same as dividing by the square root of 2 (about 1.4). Similarly, if you’re knitting with 3 strands, you can divide your gauge by 1.73 (or multiply it by 0.58. Hope that helps!

  15. Kim
    January 7, 2016 @ 10:37 am

    Thanks so much for this! Just what I needed :)

  16. travelknitter
    December 21, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I mostly knit with 4ply and tend not to knit with heavier yarns very often, but that’s a really useful rule of thumb to know.

  17. chopkins2011Catherine
    December 10, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Soo helpful to read about The Rule of Thumb. I have so many skeins of hand dyed sock yarn but there are only so many pairs of socks one can knit (or wear!)

    • Paulette
      May 16, 2021 @ 2:40 pm

      You could knit the socks and I’d wear them for you lol

  18. AmoreDiZìa
    December 10, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Bellissimo il tuo cappello! Paola – Italy

  19. shoelaceswitcher
    December 10, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    I never knew about that rule of thumb for doubled gauge, super helpful!