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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. kateg2
    May 12, 2017 @ 10:11 am

    That BAM tattoo! Too stinkin’ cute. I love a boy who can rock a flowery cuff, especially when it comes from his mom’s crafty heart. Well done, you.

  2. debensailingby
    May 12, 2017 @ 4:58 am

    Well, I think that the red trews with that fabulous jacket look amazing, and you should have no second thoughts: your creativity is awesome. If anyone is mean enough to judge a little kid on his leg-wear, they’re going to have a field day with Liberty print and tweed, so sucks to them!

  3. octoberhandmade
    May 11, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

    Knitting is my first love and it will be my last, but generally I believe in ‘the redemptive power of making things’ (a great quote I read today), and I make lots of other things for fun; I love quilting and wish I had the time to get better at it. Love the jacket! And I have no idea about the issue with red trousers (I’m British) – my 8 yo son has a pair of burgundy-ish trousers he loves. Of all the things to worry about what other people think, I would say this isn’t it x

  4. Caitlin
    May 11, 2017 @ 4:20 pm

    I’ve just started branching out into sewing more. I find it much more intimidating than knitting! Also so much less portable, but I’ve been so inspired by #memademay (and some talented seamstress friends) that I’ve decided to give it a go. Luckily I have a tiny person to sew for who doesn’t care how things turn out ;-) and it gives me a chance to practice before taking the step of making things for myself. I love purl soho patterns–just made a baby sunbonnet and it’s the sweetest.

  5. Peggy
    May 11, 2017 @ 12:28 pm

    The little wool coats you have made for Max are wonderful. I too love wool and have even bought old wool coats from tag sales thinking I’ll remake them into something. You are very adventurous to forge ahead without a pattern. I couldn’t do that. Will be awaiting your creations for little Neve. I do like both choices but especially the one with the mustard yellow.

    I too like many of the needlearts, quilting, knitting, spinning, tatting, and a little garment sewing. My grown son knows if he needs something made or fixed who to visit.

    Love your patterns if that your directions are so complete and clear and enjoy seeing what you are making.

    I do like the red pants and didn’t know that tidbit about them either!

  6. Joan V
    May 11, 2017 @ 8:42 am

    Time to take back red pants for all of US! 😉 These jackets are so adorable & look so great with red pants!
    Seriously, thank you for all the creative ideas, great patterns & helpful instructions. This is where I come to get inspiration.

  7. Susie Burdett
    May 11, 2017 @ 7:19 am

    Strawberry trousers (red trousers) are very much associated with toffs, but pretty sure only grown up toffs. Kids are free to wear whatever colour they like!

  8. Christine
    May 11, 2017 @ 6:36 am

    So does Santa. Love them. Wear what you like. With the plaid shirt I’d say he wearing Canadian colours.