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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. Briar Milligan
    March 26, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

    You guys are such stars – I can’t wait to get started, already have some ideas for matching sweaters for me, my hubby and baby son!

    If I might be cheeky, I’d love to make mine a cardigan but I’ve never done a steek before. You wouldn’t consider giving us a tutorial on turning a yoke sweater into a cardigan? If you did I’d love you forever!!!

    • alexaludeman
      March 28, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

      Hi Briar – I don’t know how long you are willing to wait but *spoiler* that tutorial is on it’s way….

  2. gretchen
    February 4, 2018 @ 10:09 am

    This is wonderful! I just discovered the Strange Brew pattern and love the flexibility. But the yarn i’m working with is sport weight. The chart and math for this adaptation makes a lot of sense to me, but my gauge is significantly different than the original pattern (7.5 st/in). Do you think this method for adapting the pattern will still work? or would there be a risk that the proportions would be off. I want to knit a sweater for my 4 yo niece, but if I’m doing the math right at 7.5 st/in I’d have to follow the size W’s xs. Thanks!

  3. OneStitchForward
    February 4, 2018 @ 1:33 am

    This is great! And thank you for teaching us you can go up/down a size to suit your gauge, it’s such a goos tip!

  4. darkautumnknits
    February 2, 2018 @ 5:22 am

    It’s funny you should post this as I’m working on my worsted weight Wholehearted for the HOMS knitalong.

  5. M-R
    February 1, 2018 @ 11:37 am

    It’s the _principle_ of this post that I like and admire – Fair Isle is totally beyond me (I’m having enough problems with 2-colour brioche lace). By that I mean it’s practical, helpful and also clear – a combo to be devoutly wished at all times. :)

    • JenA-C
      February 5, 2018 @ 12:11 pm

      I feel duty-bound to let you know that Fair Isle is MUCH easier than 2 colour brioche lace!! So much easier!

      • M-R
        February 8, 2018 @ 10:30 am

        To which I can only respond “Hmmmmmmm …”. [grin]

  6. Noreen
    February 1, 2018 @ 9:52 am

    That’s awesome. Thank you so much!

  7. Debbie Rofner
    February 1, 2018 @ 9:45 am

    So will this also work if you’re looking to use a thicker yarn – say worsted?

    • Nellie (on ravelry)
      February 8, 2018 @ 1:19 pm

      Will the off gauge guidance chart work for the flax sweater too. I have difficulty getting gauge for sweaters that have a gauge of 18 stitches to 4 inches, since I knit so loose.

      • alexaludeman
        February 14, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

        Hi – You can use the off gauge guidance for Flax as well, although you might want to go down a needle size in order to get gauge IF you find your fabric is a bit loose

  8. Linda
    February 1, 2018 @ 7:41 am

    Oh, thank you so much for providing this information. I find that I want to change the gauge in order to use a different yarn quite often. This will be a big help to me.

  9. sophy0075
    February 1, 2018 @ 7:24 am

    Giving us a gauge chart – I think I love you! What a brilliant early Valentines Day gift.

    I live in a land where worsted/aran are rarely worn. Our “winter” barely merits DK. Ah,but fingering or sport, knit on 3.5 to 3.75mm needles, is in the 23 – 24 stitch range.

    Thank you.

    Your Peanut Vest and photo are adorable.

  10. Margaret Taylor
    February 1, 2018 @ 6:22 am

    Thank you for such a useful resource–it’s exactly what I had intended to do!!