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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. Penny: A collaboration | Tin Can Knits
    June 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am

    […] some begin with a baby-sized knit, and others with a bit of text describing the idea in words. Read more on design origins here. In some cases, the originator of the idea will take it and run with it, but sometimes it takes […]

  2. Anthology : a free pattern tailor-made for swatching | Tin Can Knits
    October 26, 2018 @ 2:04 pm

    […] When thinking about colour palette, I may have seen a beautiful scarf out on the street, and be inspired to explore a similar colour combination. Often I’m inspired by a beautiful photo I took or found, and pull a colour combination or motif out of there. More on my design process here. […]

  3. How our patterns get made | Tin Can Knits
    August 20, 2015 @ 5:56 am

    […] shower together… minds out of the gutter please!).  We’ve got a great post about design as the intersection of inspiration + desire. We usually make a little sketch, talk it over with the other person and then it’s time for […]

  4. Time for Another Rainbow! | Tin Can Knits
    February 5, 2015 @ 4:26 am

    […] DESIGN = Inspiration + Desire […]

  5. Jane Richmond – modern, pretty, minimalist knits | Tin Can Knits
    March 14, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

    […] my recent post about my own design process, I asked Jane about her work as a knit designer, and you can read a bit about her story […]

  6. Leethal Knits – Choose-Your-Own Colourful Adventure | Tin Can Knits
    March 7, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

    […] my recent post about my own design process (as it applies to knitting patterns, and my own work), I asked Lee what she thought ~ here is a […]

  7. littleblackdogsa
    February 28, 2014 @ 1:32 am

    Thanks for a wonderful and inspiring post. I do not (yet) design my own, but looking at your process, it is inspiring to make me look at things around me from a different point.

  8. shoelaceswitcher
    February 21, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    What great insight into your design process! I love that Estuary shawl.

  9. musingrunner
    February 20, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    The women in my life inspire me, so this year my goal is to design a unique pair of socks for my mom, my sister, and my best running buddies. I have never designed anything before, but if I don’t try, I never will.

    • Emily Wessel
      February 27, 2014 @ 6:44 am

      What a lovely design plan! Socks are a great ‘blank canvas’ for design, because you can add stitch patterns to the cuff and top of foot, without too much bother. An absolutely excellent design reference for socks is Sock Innovation by Cookie A. It covers every detail of sock design in a clear, user friendly way, I highly recommend it! Good luck and be sure to let me know how it goes! ~ Emily

      • musingrunner
        February 28, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

        Thanks, and thanks for the tip.