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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. Sarah Greisman
    April 2, 2020 @ 5:52 am

    What increase would you recommend so it’s not noticeable? I am working on Compass sweater

    • alexaludeman
      April 2, 2020 @ 11:17 am

      Hi Sarah – Well, they always show a little bit, but I usually use an m1, like this one.

  2. Sharon stilwell
    November 13, 2018 @ 8:41 am

    Do you have suggestions on how to prevent the jog in fairisle knitting?

    • alexaludeman
      November 14, 2018 @ 11:16 am

      Hi Sharon – neither of us ever really do anything about the jog in colourwork. We try to hide that part of the yoke at the back shoulder to make it less obvious, and blocking straightens it out a smidge too.

  3. Hand knitting yarn
    May 22, 2018 @ 1:34 am

    I really love your knit skill.

  4. Peg Hutlchinson
    November 12, 2017 @ 6:38 am

    I have started knitting my charity hats with fair isle. I am progressing nicely, but have a problem with the pattern when I get to the marker for the end of the round. The pattern has that little jog in the knitting that I just cannot seem to adjust no matter what I try. I wonder if you could give me some hints on how to avoid it. Thanks.

    • alexaludeman
      November 14, 2017 @ 11:13 am

      Hi Peg – the jog is definitely a bit of a problem, it’s just really not the prettiest part of any Fair Isle project. There are some fixes that other knitters employ, but I find they all leave that part of the pattern looking a little ‘off’. We just live with it, putting it at the back shoulder in sweater yokes, or wearing it in the back of our hats.

  5. Herta
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

    I’ve tried 2 colorwork projects (started with your coffee cozy) and loved the effect. I was disappointed by the jog though. I understand why there’s a jog and I’ve read about some pretty complex ways of reducing it, but I’m wondering what experienced knitters do for larger projects like a hat or sweater. Do you just live with it? Do you have a favorite way to eliminate it?

    • alexaludeman
      October 31, 2017 @ 10:01 am

      Hi Herta – great question. I have found that the complicated fixes are still visible, so I just live with it. I keep my jog at the least noticeable place on the item (back shoulder for sweater yokes, or underarm for the sleeves and body), and when blocking I give it a little push so it is a little less apparent.

      • Herta
        November 1, 2017 @ 7:26 am

        Thanks! Reassuring that pro knitters just live with it. Your patterns are stunning.

  6. Beverly J. Killick
    October 20, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

    You people do an excellent job with your knitting – ideas, yarn colors, designs – all can knit –
    beautiful – be proud of your talent.
    Bev Killick

  7. Linda Foord
    October 20, 2017 @ 11:08 am

    Would love to know if this design could be made on a mid gauge knitting machine, or just the body and sleeves with the yoke hand knitted

    • alexaludeman
      October 20, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

      Hi Linda – Emily has recently taken up the knitting machine. She is using lighter weight yarn than DK, but adjusting the size she knits

  8. Christine
    October 16, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

    I’m really enjoying this series so far. Thank you for the inspiration and guidance!

    I’ve never attempted colourwork before but would love to try with the mishmash of yarns I already have in my stash. So, I’d like to learn your views on combining different yarn textures in colourwork. For example, nearly all of the yarns in the picture (the one featuring the red-toned yarns wrapped side-by-side) have their own unique ply style – none are the same! Some are “twisty”, some are woolly, the middle maroon appears to be “hairy” (possibly an alpaca blend) and I personally have some quite smooth crepe-twisted wool yarns in my stash. Would you ever combine these different textures in your colourwork and do you have any tips on where you’d place the different textures in the pattern? Thanks!

  9. Ivana
    October 16, 2017 @ 12:25 am

    I have never tried Fair Isle knitting – so I would like to read some tips and tricks for beginners as well as tips for easy Fair Isle projects.

  10. Christy Campbell
    October 15, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

    I’d love to hear your take on yarn type for colorwork. Superwash or not, woolen or worsted spun, cheap like Drops or Cascade or more expensive? I’m just starting and want to experiment. Thanks!

    • alexaludeman
      October 15, 2017 @ 10:21 pm

      Hi Christy – we have enjoyed working with lots of different types of yarns really! We have used superwash and non-superwash and while they have different effects, I can’t really say one is better than the other for me. One piece of advice is that woolly wools tend to be a bit more forgiving if your tension isn’t spit spot to start out with. I would stay away from acrylics or cottons, they don’t tend to have the same memory as wools.

  11. Linda
    October 15, 2017 @ 11:36 am

    How to carry the threads”.