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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. Denise Anderson
    May 29, 2021 @ 3:46 pm

    Is this button band a K1P1 and slightly blocked? Looks fabulous, and thanks for explaining how to get the tidy bind off edge!

    • Emily Wessel
      May 31, 2021 @ 1:38 am

      Yes, the Antler cardigan button band is K1P1, or 1×1 rib :)

  2. Let’s Knit an Antler Cardi | Tin Can Knits
    June 22, 2020 @ 12:13 pm

    […] You can find our full tutorial on how to knit a button band here. […]

  3. Branch Out! | Tin Can Knits
    April 2, 2020 @ 2:00 am

    […] to the initiated, it can be a real barrier to those who have not yet turned a heel or worked a button band.  We challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and tackle a new project type, and hope that […]

  4. Practice Knitting a Cardigan, Tips for Beginners – New England's Narrow Road
    October 20, 2019 @ 10:33 am

    […] Harvest Cardigan has no buttons to deal with either (TCK has a great page on button bands too for when I get brave). The link to the tutorial page is at the bottom of the sweater pattern […]

  5. Kate Thrift
    October 7, 2019 @ 7:43 pm

    Thank you, thank you! This is my first time doing buttonholes, and I needed to change the number of buttons. Your math and diagrams helped me enormously to figure where to put the bottonholes!!!

  6. Pam
    October 5, 2019 @ 8:32 am

    This is very helpful info about buttons. I’ve not made a sweater needing buttons yet… but this post helps me to be brave and maybe go for it!

  7. Marilyn
    October 25, 2018 @ 3:47 pm

    It is not easy to find directions on how to knit a button band. This is useful and very outstanding. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!

  8. Cream City Yarn
    March 3, 2017 @ 11:36 am

    […] If you are still unsure or would like to read more on button bands, Tin Can Knits has a really good post on button bands. […]

  9. Sweater Techniques Series – Gramps Baby Cardigan – 5 / 6 : Shawl Collar and Button Band | Tin Can Knits
    November 21, 2016 @ 10:50 pm

    […] Your short rows are done, but your sweater still needs to button up! You will still have your 4 markers in your work. Your buttonholes can be placed on the left for a manly sweater or the right for a lady sweater (if you go for that kind of thing). For a detailed account of how to place your buttonholes check out the tutorial here. […]

  10. paws
    November 9, 2016 @ 5:18 pm

    Thank you! This was so helpful as I worked on the buttonband for Old Growth.

  11. How To Add A Button Band Knitting | Information
    August 29, 2016 @ 10:08 pm

    […] How to Knit a Button Band | Tin Can Knits – How to Knit a Button Band. … back side of the band). If the yarn I knit with is too bulky … contrast buttons, or mismatched buttons can add great charm … […]

  12. Frances
    July 6, 2016 @ 12:54 pm

    I don’t understand some of this as I’m just a beginner but they are good instructions thank you.

  13. Karen
    December 11, 2015 @ 9:17 am

    Great tutorial, however, doesn’t that make the first and last button too far down and up from the top and bottom?

    • Emily Wessel
      December 22, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

      This is one method, but depending on the results you’re seeking (ie. if you want to adjust so the first and last button are closer to the ends), you can do so! It all depends on the specifics of how many buttons, and how far apart each is within the band.

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

    […] There are many techniques for creating buttonholes. This tutorial shows you how to make a one-row buttonhole. For information on spacing your buttonholes and creating a button band check out our button band tutorial here. […]

  15. Lee Ann fleming
    January 26, 2014 @ 1:08 am

    Thank you for this blog post. Timing is just incredible. I also love your simple collection & am just about to cast on harvest. Your patterns & tutorials are excellent in both clarity & presentation. So helpful. Thanks again.

  16. Chris
    January 25, 2014 @ 2:03 am

    Very clear and helpful! Thank you!

  17. deborahdw
    January 24, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    You guys are so awesome!
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge