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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. Marie Reine
    February 18, 2021 @ 6:35 pm

    Ehere is the pattern for the cardigan for boy 6 yrs, old. thank you.

  2. mdcolleenm
    December 10, 2019 @ 12:18 pm

    I love that your patterns are baby to big. Taking on a pattern or technique for the first time is so much less intimidating on baby size. The quality of your free patterns while I was learning to knit as a poor student has led me to purchase countless of your paid patterns now that I have a real job. Keep up the great designing!

  3. Julie Williams
    November 16, 2019 @ 12:32 pm

    I love that you can make matching jumpers etc. for the people you love. Keep it up.

  4. Meredith MC
    November 9, 2019 @ 8:23 am

    I love the matching knits. Although I don’t knit like that, they are beautiful to behold. I really loved the recent husband and wife matching sweater pictures. I don’t have little kids in my life to knit for at this point, but I see the appeal, and I appreciate the inclusivity. You guys are awesome.

  5. Kimberly
    November 8, 2019 @ 2:24 pm

    I love your baby to big sizing and your Rain is on my needles for the second time. First was a newborn and this one is for me. As a well endowed woman I do appreciate your sizing. I learned to knit for real with your simple patterns and this coming year I will start the TKGA master program.

  6. pat
    November 8, 2019 @ 7:44 am

    You have set the bar pretty high in the size ranges that you offer in a single pattern. Thank you! I realize that you may be able to make twice as much by selling your child and adult patterns separately which is why I have more Tincanknit patterns than I can knit. Rock on!

  7. Jo
    November 8, 2019 @ 6:03 am

    I love your patterns. I made the Gramps sweater for my grandson and granddaughter and I have had requests from the grown up kids and my boyfriend. When I first discovered my LYS I signed up for a beginners sock knitting class and they used your pattern. Loved it.
    And I adore matchy matchy.

  8. Charity
    November 8, 2019 @ 3:15 am

    I love matcha matcha knits. And seeing your examples of same but different. I have yarn in my stash to knit hubby and I matching colorwork sweaters. I just have to pick one!! That’s the hard part. I learned very early in my knitting journey that I can depend on your patterns to grow my skill set and I can’t thank you enough for that. Expanding your size range… excellent. I own several of your books… it’s a personal goal to collect them like some people collect Pokémon! I can’t thank you enough for your patterns and the fact that they are so very affordable and you two I feel are the gold standard for inclusivity. Hugs and thank you so much for your hard work and beautiful patterns!!!

  9. Sophie
    November 7, 2019 @ 10:26 pm

    The fact that your patterns come in sizes ranging from newborn to adult has always made me more likely to purchase the paid ones, and to download the free ones. It makes them such great value! I have knit multiple Flax Lights, in many sizes. I’ve also knit many of your hats. This range has also made you my go-to recommendation to new knitters, and to knitters looking to get into sweater knitting. ❤️

  10. lkspoonersbcglobalnet
    November 7, 2019 @ 6:27 pm

    Do like the matchy thing. I wish I had these types of patterns back in the 60’s and 70’s when my kids were small. My baby girl born in 1975 would have loved this stuff. Even when I was having my 12 grandkids. BUT I do have this now with my great-grandkids so I am loving them. Keep up your great ideas. More people should have your want to get knitting of this kind of value and design to the masses of us who are not designers and NOT master knitters. Thank you so much for all that you do. Linda

  11. Hazel Swoboda
    November 7, 2019 @ 4:28 pm

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the designs I’ve made from your patterns, and look forward to knitting many more! Starting an Antler Toque tonight for a Christmas gift….

  12. lisamnoble
    November 7, 2019 @ 3:15 pm

    Thank you, as always, for writing about process. I am a massive fan of your brilliant free patterns, and always send newbies to your stuff. Your reliability is second to none.

    As for matchiness, I will admit that 10 years or so from now, I would love to do matchy sweaters for kids and grandkids.

  13. rosethetortoise
    November 7, 2019 @ 2:59 pm

    I can’t wait to have little people in my life to #matchymatchy with but I’m doing super well with not sharing that with my young adult kids. when they are ready… I sure will be! love your work

  14. honeybeepurls
    November 7, 2019 @ 11:13 am

    I love using a kids’ sweater size as a swatch! A baby sweater doesn’t take much more time or yarn than a hat, but I find it feels like a bigger accomplishment :)

  15. KatieS
    November 7, 2019 @ 10:18 am

    I appreciate being able to knit a baby size sweater because it’s so much faster but I can practice the techniques. I’m not at all confident in knitting a sweater yet but I’m practicing.

  16. smonakey
    November 7, 2019 @ 10:14 am

    I’ve been a regular follower of your blog for several years now. I don’t tend to comment much – in fact this may be my first comment here! I do want to say how much I love your patterns, both free & paid. They’re beautiful, timeless pieces & I love the size ranges you offer. I’ve purchased almost all of them & have many in my queue. So, thanks for all your work, from a quiet, lurker.

  17. Sara Wutzke
    November 7, 2019 @ 8:27 am

    You guys made the best decision! As a shop owner it has been awesome to be able to encourage people to try something new ‘make the baby size first if you’re nervous!’ Love all of your patterns so much 💖


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  18. achinag
    November 7, 2019 @ 8:26 am

    What a wonderful post! Thank you

  19. Debbie Tucker
    November 7, 2019 @ 8:05 am

    I love the matchy matchy..I have a grandson that things he suppose to get a sweater every time I make one for someone lol.

  20. Jess
    November 7, 2019 @ 7:02 am

    Your commitment to inclusivity and accessibility is really next-level and I would like to applaud you enormously. It makes me want to support you further by buying more of your patterns!