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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. Jean Holmquist
    July 3, 2019 @ 4:55 am

    Since your site doesn’t have a tutorial on placing pockets available do you know of one I could check out? Thanks

    • Emily Wessel
      July 4, 2019 @ 9:39 am

      Sorry, I don’t know of a tutorial for this specific pocket method; you’ll have to google it.

      But if you just follow the pattern instructions step-by-step you may be able to puzzle it out:

      So first you make the pockets (or, more precisely, the inside pocket lining piece).

      Then while working the body from the hem up, you work 2 sections of ribbing within the body piece. These essentially locate the pockets; they are the ribbed outside edge of the pocket.

      Once you’ve worked those rows which form the ribbing, you’re ready to actually connect up the pockets. It’s a two-row process.

      First, on a RS row, you work across, and bind-off all the pocket stitches that you have ribbed.

      Next, on the following WS row, you work across, and when you get to the places where you bound off, you pick up your pocket liner piece, place those stitches on the LH needle, and purl across them, then continue on the body stitches. This incorporates the pocket liners into the row. You’ll later sew down the pocket liners, finishing the pockets!

  2. Gael phillips
    April 6, 2017 @ 9:13 pm

    I have pockets knit and on stitch holder. I have sweater body knit up 3.5inches and cannot figure out how add the pockets on .

    • alexaludeman
      April 7, 2017 @ 9:20 am

      Hi Gael – You are going to work the pocket ribbing, bind off that ribbing, and then, where the ribbing is bound off, you are going to knit across your pocket sts to join them in.

      • Gael phillips
        April 8, 2017 @ 11:29 am

        Thanks or you reply Alexa , I got my head around it , happy knitting !!

      • Marilyn Rabin
        June 25, 2019 @ 8:46 am

        i realize that this comment is more than 2 years ago, but is there any detailed tutorial on this particular part of the pattern?

      • alexaludeman
        June 26, 2019 @ 3:59 pm

        Hi Marilyn – I’m sorry, we don’t have one for placing pockets

  3. Sancanknit
    December 19, 2016 @ 9:18 am

    NEw Knitter. I’m just about finished making this little gem. Looking thru your site for help for help on the 2 stitch buttonhole.

  4. chrisknits
    September 14, 2015 @ 6:52 am

    Adorable! After having made my 5th gramps, maybe i should broaden my Tin Can Knits experience! Harvest is on my to do list, but I need to add Playdate for those little ones who come along.

  5. hookednewknitter
    September 12, 2015 @ 1:37 pm

    So cute!

  6. Jennifer
    September 11, 2015 @ 8:32 pm

    Amazing, as I am knitting a striped playdate right now and this is the first time I’ve done single-row stripes! Ialso knit rocky joggers for my nephew in subtle colored rugby stripes. They turned out really cute! Johnston4kids on ravelry

  7. knittedblissjc
    September 11, 2015 @ 5:41 pm

    I love the variations of this sweater!! And look how big Max is getting- what a cutie!