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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. Megan Chueka
    January 26, 2019 @ 5:02 pm

    This is so helpful! Could you please explain the grading process a little further?
    Thank you

    • alexaludeman
      February 25, 2019 @ 10:32 am

      Hi Megan – For grading we use spreadsheets. Start with your gauge and your desired measurements and go from there. We usually start with CYC measurements and then decide how much ease to add to the pattern etc. Some parts do end up being a bit of trial and error, and then once it’s all settled we have our patterns tested, just to make sure we got it right.

  2. Mary Ann
    November 14, 2015 @ 1:24 pm

    What a generous gift your Simple Collection is. Thank you.

  3. Cecilia Borady
    November 10, 2015 @ 8:07 am

    I cannot imagine doing what you do, but I am glad that you are and you are helping lots of folks like me, get into knitting and improving their knowledge and skills.
    A big THANK YOU for all your hard work and inspiration!

  4. El
    October 16, 2015 @ 5:51 am

    This was very interesting. I can see now why your patterns are so above and beyond in quality and clarity. I have come to rely on your patterns. The simple collection is amazing! I am a mother to 5 children and have made Barley over and over to provide wool hats for my husband, children and myself.

  5. Anne García
    September 11, 2015 @ 9:02 am

    I’ve made multiples of Barley and Oats, and I plan to make more, plus more of different patterns. You’re one of my favorite designers out there right now. Thanks for all your work!

    • Emily Wessel
      September 11, 2015 @ 9:52 am

      Thanks for the compliments! You are very welcome!

  6. Nikki - Yet Another Crafter
    September 6, 2015 @ 8:38 am

    This is brilliant to know and absolutely insane to have it pointed out just how much time people spend on actually making the patterns! I think most of us crafters do appreciate the work going into a single pattern, but I never fully appreciated it until seeing this post!

  7. ktasordahl
    September 2, 2015 @ 2:51 pm

    Reblogged this on crafting, life and the art of happiness and commented:
    Wow! This is absolutely amazing. I have often wondered about the amount of time and energy that must go into making patterns. It turns out my imagination didn’t even cover half of it. Such amazing work, and I am so glad someone else is out there doing it. ;) I have made their Gramps pattern and must say it was one of the easiest baby sweaters I’ve made. Thanks Tin Can Knits for all of your hard work and artistic creativity!

  8. Carol
    September 1, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your process. The quality of your patterns shows in your hard work.

  9. Kate
    August 29, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

    Just to let you know the work you put in is greatly appreciated by us kniters – your patterns are very well written and easy to read! And I want to knit all of them…

  10. rainbowgoblin
    August 25, 2015 @ 3:54 am

    This is really helpful. You’ve described the key steps more clearly and concisely than I’ve seen anywhere else. I’m bookmarking this, it’s going to be my goto checklist!

  11. L'Atelier Fibre Laine
    August 22, 2015 @ 4:27 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your work process, so inspiring.

  12. Sammi
    August 20, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

    Wowsers! Now I don’t feel so bad for taking so long to knit something wearable!!! What an achievement gals, and to do it all with bubbas is amazing! Trust me, I know how hard it is to run a business and a family and still make time to have fun!

  13. Alina
    August 20, 2015 @ 4:06 pm

    This is just overwhelming! Thank you for doing such a great job!

  14. Tamera L
    August 20, 2015 @ 1:28 pm

    Thanks for the in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how genius happens! This is a great jumping-off point for hopeful designers like myself.

  15. alexis
    August 20, 2015 @ 9:53 am

    WOW! So much hard work. You guys are inspiring. Thanks for sharing these details.

  16. tanis
    August 20, 2015 @ 8:17 am

    Such a cool post about all that goes into your awesome patterns. No wonder they are always so perfect!

  17. Nancy HILL
    August 20, 2015 @ 7:58 am

    Love how you support your patterns with tutorials! They are so helpful. Also, can’t wait for the blanket pattern that is pictured in the “coffee and knitting” picture! love the colored pattern work separated by garter!!!

  18. barara Wyant
    August 20, 2015 @ 7:20 am

    Thank you for taking the time for this email. It is really interesting to see how much time and effort you put into your work.