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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. Doodle Pirate
    July 8, 2021 @ 6:20 pm

    Iis there a Flax Hack for making it into a cardigan? I’m in the process of hand spinning some aran weight yarn for matching sweaters for myself and my teenager. However, I want a pullover and the teenager wants a button-up. However, we both agree that we like Flax :)

    I’m new to sweater construction so would love any pointers.

    Thank you for everything you do!

    • Emily Wessel
      July 11, 2021 @ 11:57 pm

      Hi – the short answer is no, we’ve not done this hack yet! The long answer is there’s probably a good blog post out there on the internet that would give you tips for converting a top-down sweater pattern to a cardigan… Sorry to not be of more help, and I’ll keep it in mind for a future blog post!

  2. mariacshell
    September 18, 2020 @ 9:58 am

    Is there a tutorial for making the “Under the Bar” increases? Thank you!

  3. Olivia
    August 31, 2020 @ 4:58 am

    You have such an amazing sense of color. That little sweater is just precious and even more so on that sweet faced little girl. I couldn’t sleep early this morning and made the mistake of reading the news. I just laid back down and cried. I’m so frightened for what our country is becoming. I’m dismayed at why no one stops this madman in our White House. I’m afraid for the whole world. We have the pandemic and this horrible racism crisis to contend with. We also have to worry about interference in our election which seems a foregone conclusion. Every day gets worse and I can’t understand why no one is stopping it. I’m so thankful I have knitting and my blog buddies to fall back on, calm my anxious nerves and start another day again.

  4. Pam
    August 31, 2020 @ 4:02 am

    Beautiful sweater and ideas for knitting it. I love that cable front version too. This staying home and doing nothing is really getting old… so I hear ya. Thank God I knit. Neve is the best little model…!

  5. helenmatheyhornbooks
    August 30, 2020 @ 9:37 pm

    The sweater is beautiful! The yarns just combine fantastically. Nice job.

  6. janet
    August 29, 2020 @ 5:31 am

    oh my! it’s all so new, right? i keep thinking that we can’t look to what was as being what will be again – we are living in history right now. i try to remember that. it’s been done before (1918) and likely will be again. we will make it through. my mantra is “all is well and all shall be well” – and i like yours. take good care and thank you for continuing to share with all of us.

  7. Annmarie Signey
    August 28, 2020 @ 6:16 am

    Flax is a great pattern to hack. I added a skirt with stars and made it into a Wonder Woman themed outfit for the grandaughter. There are pictures on my handknitsbyannmarie FB page
    Both my husband and 2nd born have Flax light sweaters, one with and one without garter stitch sleeve detail.

  8. Judy Barnes
    August 27, 2020 @ 12:50 pm

    The various shades of blue in the sweater are beautiful and I love the artistic way you have arranged the stripes so they’re not uniform and boring!

    • janet
      August 29, 2020 @ 5:31 am

      right?? it’s really beautiful!

  9. jenknitter
    August 27, 2020 @ 12:01 pm

    I have a couple of Flax modifications I can share with you. Feel free to use them for whatever.

  10. Carol Histand
    August 27, 2020 @ 11:25 am

    Thank you for your patterns, tips, and great tutorials:) Love the stripes and what a great way to use your handspun! I’m not familiar with “knit below bar” increase method…can you elaborate?

  11. mellenknits
    August 27, 2020 @ 6:31 am

    Neve’s smile shows that she clearly loves her new sweater! While the celebration of her birthday may not have been exactly as you hoped, she will likely only remember that her mum made her a fantastic gift and took her for a fun romp in the woods. Kids are resilient and their memories are very forgiving – we moms need to remember that, and be kind to ourselves too. Be safe, be well!

  12. janpriddyoregon
    August 27, 2020 @ 6:21 am

    Thank you for this, for the pattern and advice about adjusting the pattern, for the lovely photos of your children, and for “this too shall pass” which was the quote my mother brought to me at the hospital after the birth of my first child. Last year, I made sweaters for my grandchildren in stripes or orange and blue and shocking pink. Like you, during lockdown I have been using my stash of precious hand-spun yarn, though in weaving.

    Sometimes I am asked to provide my opinion about whether I would recommend a source or site. I always recommend yours.