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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. Sara
    October 4, 2021 @ 7:45 pm

    I just love your patterns . They are pure inspiration. Thank you so much for all of the tutorials as well.

  2. Niome
    February 14, 2018 @ 3:37 am

    Lovely article. Thanks for sharing

  3. Ettenna
    October 22, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    So to enter the KAL we just buy the pattern? I joined the Facebook page but am still not sure how this all works. Thanks

  4. Cindy Veaudry
    October 21, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

    Is it possible to purchase the Strange Brew pattern book that you had available at Knit City. I hear it is lovely!

  5. May
    October 9, 2017 @ 7:06 am

    Is there a timeline for each project? Can you start anytime?

    • alexaludeman
      October 9, 2017 @ 10:31 pm

      Strange Brew Knitalong, starting Thursday October 19 and running for a full 7 weeks, until Monday December 11th

      • Debra Bullard
        October 20, 2017 @ 1:17 pm

        What skill level do you recommend??

      • alexaludeman
        October 20, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

        Adventurous intermediate? Is that a thing? I would say it mostly depends on how complicated you want to get. If you use the pattern in the simplest way (knit a body and sleeves and work some of the fair isle patterns suggested, with the decrease rounds we lay out in the pattern) it’s a pretty simple sweater. There are MANY opportunities to customize in different ways, but that’s the simplest way to use it!

  6. M&V International (@mvintl)
    October 5, 2017 @ 6:07 am

    Love the colours! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Susanne K
    October 2, 2017 @ 11:07 pm

    Lovely sweater! Love the sublte colors!

  8. joanneconklin
    October 2, 2017 @ 10:20 am

    Will there be any guidance or instructions for using Shetland fingering weight yarn!

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:28 pm

      Hi Joanne – stay tuned……

  9. Sherrie
    October 1, 2017 @ 6:58 pm

    Hi, I’m interested in doing the Dog Star sweater in the colours shown in the kid’s version but can’t find a Sweet Fibre colourway called Tree Line. I love how it looks in the sample and would like to do the same or similar – can you suggest anything?

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

      Hi Sherrie – Tree Line was a specialty colourway, but I would personally sub in her beautiful ‘ever grey’ without skipping a beat!

  10. Sara W (sallyHP)
    September 30, 2017 @ 8:26 am

    This is going to be so fun!!! What a genius pattern!

  11. aimeed3
    September 28, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

    Beautiful! If we want the Strange Brew pattern, but also want to make the Dog Star version, do we need both patterns? Or is Dog Star kinda covered in the Strange Brew version? Thanks, aimee

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:38 pm

      Dog Star is kinda covered in the Strange Brew version. The charts we used are in there, you just have to put them in as you see fit.

  12. Meanderings
    September 28, 2017 @ 5:29 pm

    Could you also share some thoughts on DK weight yarns with the combination of rich, bright color and durability? I love those long wearing yarns that just get better with time: Highlands, Peace Fleece – neither come in a DK weight. I end up skipping DK weight patterns as I’ve not found a yarn to love!

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:40 pm

      Good question, I’m currently using BT Arbor and I love it. You might want to try doubling a fingering weight yarn you love (check your gauge but it usually comes out about right for me), or you can always knit a smaller size in a heavier weight yarn. Love Peace Fleece too!

  13. Meanderings
    September 28, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

    I’m participating in Knit Stars 2.0 and am wondering if the Strange Brew pattern is part of that experience or a completely different resource?

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:40 pm

      It is! You will receive a copy of Strange Brew when it starts, but drop us an email if you want it early.

  14. Audrey
    September 28, 2017 @ 7:58 am

    Tin Can Knits is brilliant. Thanks for empowering those of us in the knitting community who want to step gingerly into designing/individualizing the sweaters we knit for the people (both big and little) we love!

  15. psfrankel
    September 28, 2017 @ 7:53 am

    This could not have arrived in my inbox at a better time! I’m just now swatching for various yoke patterns … but what I really wanted was to create my own. Thank you!

  16. smonakey
    September 28, 2017 @ 7:35 am

    Brilliant concept & already in my Ravelry shopping cart! I hope you’re okay with it, but I prefer to buy your patterns on Rav so I they’re all together & easy for me to get to.

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

      It makes no difference at all to us, our website works through Rav, I love having everything saved in my library too!

  17. Ann Tait
    September 28, 2017 @ 7:33 am

    This looks wonderful but any chance of doing the same with a button to the neck cardigan

    • alexaludeman
      October 3, 2017 @ 8:42 pm

      Hi Ann – hmmm, maybe a steek hack is needed!

  18. rhonda
    September 28, 2017 @ 6:37 am

    Is this included in knit stars 2, as I joined that group. I am a slow knitter and can’t do both at this time.