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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. Linda Cram
    December 29, 2020 @ 2:23 pm

    I am knitting your Bonny sweater in size medium and have finished knitting 46 rows of the 58 rows as stipulated in the pattern. The armhole measures 7.5 at this point but I only have 77 lace stitches and should have 97. Will the drape be affected without these 20 increase stitches? I’m thinking I might put the front on hold, knit the back and then try it on to see if the armhole is too big. Any suggestions? Thank you for a well written pattern. I have never knit a sweater bottom up !

    • Alexa Ludeman
      December 31, 2020 @ 12:35 pm

      Hi Linda – It sounds like your lace panel is not increasing at the right rate. Pattern support is best done by email, do you mind emailing us at with a picture of what you’ve got?

  2. Janice
    March 13, 2019 @ 11:37 am

    Hi there.
    Question: I looked at the chart. and my size was 54’5 under the DK weight, but the yarn I picked is a Aran weight. The nearest size is 56 in Aran weight, but that would be too big for me. What should I do?

    • alexaludeman
      March 13, 2019 @ 4:38 pm

      Hi Janice – you might want to knit the smaller size, but work a few extra increases in the final increase round to add a couple of inches to the chest measurement

      • Janice
        April 12, 2019 @ 11:46 am

        Thank you I will try. – So how do I determine to amount of increases. I am a newbie. still trying to figure all this out.

      • alexaludeman
        April 15, 2019 @ 10:55 am

        Hi Janice – if you are knitting the Flax sweater it has a gauge of 4.5 sts per 4″ so if you wanted to add an inch to the chest measurement you would want to add 1 increase round (to give you 4 extra sts at the body).

  3. miss agnes
    October 13, 2018 @ 6:11 am

    This is a very useful post. I did not know that there would be a difference in stretch between stockinette stitch and stranded colorwork, but this totally makes sense. Thank you for this.