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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. Sandy
    July 6, 2018 @ 7:28 am

    I am way behind reading this blog however, I just realized I need to Knit a crop top to go with my favourite skirt. It’s 30years old haven’t worn it for 15 but refuse to let it go 😂because I love it. Just seeing the drawings of the pants with sweaters was an eye opener and I knew that’s what it needed. Thank you so much

  2. Penny Jenkins
    July 6, 2018 @ 6:40 am

    I adore your neon yoke jumper. Did you use Rainbow Heirloom wool? Would be fab if you released the pattern!

  3. Terry Snook
    June 4, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

    Love them all. Happy family

  4. Natalie D Sommer
    May 19, 2018 @ 5:04 pm

    Thank you for your article. I’ll be 50 on July 4th and am embarking on 50 adventures within the year to christen my half century. One of those is Sonya’s Build a Wardrobe at Arrowmobt and another is knitting 20 designs from Plum Knitting as accessories for my ndsknitting cruise with Arne&Carlos in March. I wish you an amazing journey, creating your stylish wardrobe!

  5. Meredith MC
    May 12, 2018 @ 9:04 am

    Very inspiring! Your collection of fabrics is drool worthy. Do you follow Fringe Association? She does a lot of posts about making basics, and is hosting the summer of basics make along. It might be just what you need to kickstart your plan.

  6. Anne
    May 12, 2018 @ 12:14 am

    Your thoughts on interesting dressing echo my own!! I admit I am just to scared to be myself and go for it. I have two of Sonia’s patterns ……. I vow to make something soon. I have just started dyeing my own yarn and the sheer pleasure of knitting myself a sweater with it is indescribable….

    I hope you DO go for it and make something out of your wonderful fabric stash soon!!!!

  7. emccarten
    May 11, 2018 @ 6:25 pm

    I’m a knit designer who practically lives in Sonya Philip’s 100 Acts of Sewing garments. I have three Dress #1’s (four if you include the gathered high-waisted version I made from the basic pattern), two skirts (one long, one short), and umpteen Pants #1’s. Oh, and I almost forgot two Dress #2’s and a tunic made from that pattern. I pair all these items with knits from my own collection. Since I love A-line shapes, it’s a combo that works.There’s even a tunic sweater I designed to go with Dress #1, but it’s not yet published. I chose a palette of colours with a mix of neutrals and colours and have built everything around that. In fact, this whole project has turned into a great way to add more colour to my wardrobe. Sonya is such an inspiration!

  8. darkautumnknits
    May 11, 2018 @ 7:10 am

    You should look up the Lander Pants and Ginger Jeans patterns. I think that they will be what you are after. I myself have been thinking more about what I wear lately. I have decided to be more intentional about expanding my hand knit wardrobe and purchasing only long lasting clothing that fits me well.

  9. Emily B
    May 11, 2018 @ 6:50 am

    Heather Lou at Closet Case Patterns just released a high-waisted wide-leg trouser pattern this week!
    She also has a slim leg trouser pattern (Sasha), but I’m not sure that fits the bill of jeans type styling.

    I haven’t made those specifically, but I’ve made several other patterns from her and they’ve all be really excellent. The instructions do a great job of walking you through complicated steps, and her blog has lots of pants fitting posts.

  10. Judy Ruan
    May 11, 2018 @ 5:38 am

    Very inspiring….now you have me thinking…and dreaming😍

  11. Elsbeth
    May 11, 2018 @ 5:00 am

    Enjoyed reading this post, it spins in the way I am spinning myself. But mainly thanks a lot for the Week of Colour articles that I found in your post. So helpful and full of ideas.

  12. Lesleymacmakes
    May 11, 2018 @ 12:39 am

    Just completed your Grain Shawl….love it….oh, that I could write witty, informative, interesting blogs….super talented and obviously very focused!

  13. Nicola
    May 10, 2018 @ 10:49 pm

    Just sewed the closet case Sasha trousers . My first pair of trousers and the fit was amazing . Used the sew along and the fitting guide and wore them to work the most comfortable and smart pair ever. Bought the fabric for two more pairs just need more time in the day.

  14. Penelope Goodes
    May 10, 2018 @ 6:15 pm

    Isn’t Sonya wonderful? Her latest post on the MDK blog is superb.

    Wide-legged trousers are on my list too, if I can tear myself away from my spinning wheel long enough to sew.

    Check out Closet Case Patterns for trousers – the new Jenny pattern includes high-waisted trousers, and the Sasha trousers might fit the bill for the second style.

    True Bias Emerson trousers might be worth a look, too.

  15. Angie
    May 10, 2018 @ 5:08 pm

  16. Allison
    May 10, 2018 @ 11:06 am

    I would love to have a more handmade wardrobe but my Peanut isn’t even one, so for the immediate future I am going to have to live vicariously through yours!
    The Lander pant from True Bias is nice and swingy, and the Kim jumpsuit from By Hand London can be made as trousers too! (I guess I live vicariously through a lot of sewists 😂)
    Good luck with your projects, I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  17. basketwoman
    May 10, 2018 @ 10:51 am

    Re your search for sewing patterns – check out

  18. Jess
    May 10, 2018 @ 10:16 am

    “Not to BE perfect, BE proficient, or HAVE the ideal thing instantaneously, but to create, step by step, day by day, and revel in the joy of this process and its results.” This times a thousand!!! Thank you so much for these words, which were somehow exactly what I needed to read and think about today.

    Also, I love every single photo in this post. :) The colorwork! The yarn! That stack of fabrics! The concept sketches! Swoon…

    • Bindy
      May 19, 2018 @ 1:36 am

      Yes. Agree totally. The psychology research from all over the world says that western women tend strongly towards the belief that they have to be sure they’ll be good at a new thing before the try the new thing. Men, on the other hand, tend to ask “could I learn how to do that?” If the answer’s “yes” then they’ll give it a try. This is a great nudge to temind me that my sewing skills will grow with practice, not with bemoaning the skills that I don’t yet have. The other question is around how realistic my “I don’t have time” statements are. Food for thought. Thanks!