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Emily Wessel

Hello - I'm from Vancouver Island, Canada, but I live and work in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am co-founder and designer at Tin Can Knits - www.tincanknits.com

40 Comments

  1. Nancy Joyce Harris
    February 18, 2022 @ 6:20 am

    Just what I needed. Thank you. I was given some mohair eons ago, and now I can’t wait to play with it!

  2. Jill
    January 22, 2022 @ 7:08 am

    This is absolutely brilliant. I’ve always wondered about the colour effects of using mohair along with another wool. Thanks so much for this.

  3. Whitnee
    October 21, 2021 @ 7:54 pm

    This was so helpful for me! I’m wanting to see effects of a variegated/hand dyed mohair looks like on a solid single base!

  4. Kira
    May 8, 2021 @ 12:48 pm

    Thank you for this, it’s quite detailed and comprehensive. And the pieces are all so beautiful, the colors and the patterns. Unfortunately I don’t know how to knit — but would this be possible to do with crochet? All I can find is changing colors, but not blending them. I would like to create colors that resemble my beautiful tortoiseshell cat, Sascha. I just lost my sweet girl and I wish to make a plushie as a memorial piece for her.

    • Emily Wessel
      May 9, 2021 @ 10:24 pm

      Hi Kira – Yes! the yarn blending tips suggested here would be equally applicable if you’re crocheting vs. knitting. Best luck with your plushie.

  5. Tricia
    April 11, 2021 @ 6:19 am

    What a great article. I would have gone down the wrong path and then frogged had I not read this.

  6. Valerie Decker
    April 7, 2021 @ 1:01 pm

    This article is so timely. I just inherited (adopted) four skeins of 3 different colors of mohair. I’m excited to experiment with the possibilities now!

  7. Marijana
    March 31, 2021 @ 1:55 pm

    Hi, thank you for so many good advises and ideas. I was wondering, did you notice some special and different washing and drying care steps, needed for mohair combined with other chunkiest yarns? Does sweater change the shape more or less, when it is in combination?
    We just wrote a blog post about drying Mohair wool sweaters, but I did not have any experience with mixing yarns, so I would appreciate if you could share your experience. We would be glad to share your response with our audience on our blog as well.
    https://www.woolnomads.com/post/how-to-dry-mohair-sweater

    • Alexa Ludeman
      April 6, 2021 @ 10:33 am

      When washing and drying we just use our usual steps, a soak in some cool water and wool wash, roll in a towel to get the excess water out, and then lay flat (or pin out) to dry.

  8. Jenny Snyder
    March 17, 2021 @ 8:01 pm

    Could you please tell the names of two yarn colors you used for your beautiful modified Lush cardigan project? It’s the 3rd photo from the end of the article. Thanks!

    • Emily Wessel
      March 21, 2021 @ 11:50 pm

      Hello – Yes! They are La Bien Aimee Merino Singles in Life Aquatic and La Bien Aimee mohair silk lace in Elise.

  9. K.Gradl
    January 28, 2021 @ 8:47 am

    Loved your article, it’s about time someone gave attention to this technique. Due to a wool allergy I cannot use wool, mohair, or lama. However I can handle Alpaca and angora rabbit with no issues. The ultra light weight feel is what I believe scares off less experienced knitters/crocheters, there are times I have to watch my hands so I know I’m knitting. Sometimes I have taken commercial blends and, using a drop spindle, have re-spun them to include a bamboo cotton, or hemp fiber to make a yarn with a little more hand feel and durability.
    Though i would caution that folks shouldn’t combine most natural fibers with acrylics or other man-made ones due to the difference in shrink and tendency to felt when washed. However, it does produce some “interesting” textures when such a combination is done, which I turned into a decorative wall hanging for my bathroom.
    So once again thank you, Happy Knitting!

  10. Hana
    November 30, 2020 @ 6:07 am

    Yay! I am so excited about these color possibilities! Thank you for writing about this! My question is about the gauge- how does adding a mohair lace yarn to a worsted yarn or to a bulky yarn effect the gauge?
    Specifically: I have been Dreaming of finding a blue-green yarn and realized that I can probably combine a teal with a green and get the effect I am looking for by mixing the two colors myself! I have a blue/ teal!
    bulky yarn and would need to add a green mohair lace. Would that alter the gauge?
    Thanks again!
    Hana

    • Alexa Ludeman
      November 30, 2020 @ 11:20 am

      Hi Hana – It sort of depends on the project and the desired fabric. It does affect the gauge, but depending on the project you might like it to be a slightly denser gauge with the mohair, or, like we have in love note, a much looser gauge.

  11. Allison Good
    July 13, 2020 @ 11:54 am

    I love this post! So helpful and fun to look at all of the different choices. I keep reading it over and over.

  12. Pamela Tidswell
    June 19, 2020 @ 5:07 am

    That lovely top pattern is reminding me of happy Tin Can Knits.

  13. Trish Everett
    June 18, 2020 @ 12:19 pm

    I took a class with Stephen West at Knit City a few years ago. He described mohair as “the beauty blender of knitting” and it’s so true. I chuckle every time I think back on that.

  14. Kassy
    May 12, 2020 @ 11:52 pm

    This was exactly the information I was looking for. Thankyou so much for sharing your inspirations, works, lessons learnt and wisdom. Thankyou thankyou thankyou

  15. Brigitte
    February 27, 2020 @ 2:12 pm

    Hi! Great Inspiration Thanks! Do we need to get larger needles while adding Mohair to our yarn?

    • alexaludeman
      February 28, 2020 @ 10:31 am

      Hi Brigitte – It sort of depends on what fabric you are going for. In the Love Note we went for a really drapey fabric, but if you just want that mohair halo, you might just need to swatch and go up one needle size or so.

  16. Judi
    February 7, 2020 @ 9:41 pm

    Love this article! I have 8 balls of Debbie Bliss “Angel” in a pale blue, I think the colour is called “sky”. I am looking for lots of possibilities for combining it with another yarn for a sweater. All ideas gratefully received!

  17. Pam
    January 10, 2020 @ 5:32 am

    Thank you for the swatch images and ideas. I do like the darker mohair look. The rust and green Love Notes are beautiful!

  18. askcarolynwarren
    August 9, 2019 @ 11:05 am

    Could you please tell me if this mohair technique would work with DK weight rather than sock weight? Or would the DK yarn be too heavy and overpower the mohair color influence?

    • Emily Wessel
      August 15, 2019 @ 9:46 am

      Great question! The technique would definitely work with DK weight, however, as you suggest, the colour of the mohair would have less impact on the colour of the overall blend. I’d suggest you swatch it!

  19. Claudia Divis
    June 5, 2019 @ 7:45 pm

    Thanks for this analysis. I like to combine sock yarn and mohair/silk for gloves.

    • Emily Wessel
      June 10, 2019 @ 1:44 am

      Sounds like a lovely use of the combination! If you’re working gloves, I would suggest knitting the combined yarn at a much tighter gauge than what we’ve shown on these swatches. Enjoy! Emily

  20. Roberta
    June 3, 2019 @ 9:32 pm

    What if you can’t wear mohair? What yarn do you suggest for your sweather?

    • Emily Wessel
      June 4, 2019 @ 4:33 am

      Hello! You could either mix a sock-weight yarn with a lace-weight of another type (wool, silk, or synthetic), OR you could just use a DK weight yarn of your choosing on its own.

    • Shelly Bagchi
      August 23, 2019 @ 1:10 pm

      Have you tried brushed Suri alpaca? It’s very similar.

      • alexaludeman
        August 25, 2019 @ 10:34 pm

        I have and it is LOVELY to work with!

  21. Louise
    June 3, 2019 @ 7:45 am

    This layering post is just amazing info – I love how you have illustrated it and have made it so very clear.
    Thank you

  22. Olivia
    June 3, 2019 @ 1:19 am

    Such a great post thanks for the ideas

  23. Carol Urban
    June 1, 2019 @ 8:57 pm

    Can I just say that I love them all? :)

  24. Virginia Gray
    June 1, 2019 @ 4:02 pm

    This is such an interesting article. I have a nice stash of mohair, will be fun to play! Thanks!

  25. miss agnes
    May 31, 2019 @ 8:29 am

    Thank you for sharing all these swatches, a lot of inspiration. Last winter I knit an entire sweater with a cream fingering weight yarn layered with different lace mohair color, creating a large striped marled effect. Pairing color with speckles result in a more impressionist pattern.

  26. lizzeta
    May 31, 2019 @ 12:18 am

    Cool.))) You have opened a new space for creativity for me! I’m gonna go mix my blue mohair with all the strings I can find.

  27. knittedblissjcJuli
    May 30, 2019 @ 10:04 am

    I love this post!! I’ve been super into mohair lately (feels like most of the zeitgeist is getting that way) and this is a brilliant post on how to use mohair with other yarns for loads of depth and colour play. Fantastic!

  28. janpriddyoregon
    May 30, 2019 @ 6:27 am

    I just completed a sweater for my granddaughter using a fine mohair/silk PurlsSolo Tussock in bright hot pink held with variegated and speckled pink/violet Koigu KPPPM + a solid pink KPM. Your posting felt like reading my own experience vastly expanded! I wish I could post a photo. I have also knit more than a dozen hats with Shibui Silk Cloud held with Koigu, one in a seed stitch that I kept is similar to the Rust/Undergrowth sweater above.

    • janpriddyoregon
      May 30, 2019 @ 6:30 am

      I should have mentioned that the sweater is in two-row stripes and the Koigu is sock weight.

      • Li Fén
        June 10, 2019 @ 10:03 pm

        Aren’t you on Ravelry ? You could post there a picture…