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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. Judy Penney
    February 14, 2022 @ 1:41 pm

    Must start valentine dinner. Cant get distracted just now.
    So many good thoughts and ideas.
    Im a machine knitter so love your inspirations

  2. Vicki Vincent
    December 14, 2021 @ 9:41 am

    Wishing you a Happy Holidays and a blessed new year. Your plans sound like a great adventure!

  3. Thelma
    August 29, 2021 @ 6:43 pm

    Absolutely wonderful. Love your article and I relate so much to it. I find it very enlightening in every sense. I took up knitting and my experiences while understanding the stich construction are so similar to yours. I commend your efforts for writing such a beautiful piece. Very inspiring too.

  4. Susan in Portland OR
    January 14, 2021 @ 11:14 am

    Hi Emily and Alexa
    2020 was such a disaster in so many area of life, and it looks like we all get to slog a bit further through 2021 before we get to anything resembling “normal.” While this season seems to be all about learning patience and perspective (my least favourite lessons), one good outcome is that my knitting has improved a lot! I appreciate your simple patterns and teaching style in that. I just made Love Note for the first time for my granddaughter in the Vancouver area whom I haven’t been able to see in person for a year. At least Canada Post can get through. Thankful for all the blessings we still have that we might miss in “normal” times! Emily, ¡Buen trabajo en su lecciones de Español!

  5. KittyGritty
    January 14, 2021 @ 8:45 am

    Your patterns are so lovely. I love Tin Can Knits❤️

  6. Elizabeth Ann
    January 14, 2021 @ 6:58 am

    I am so amazed at your creativity and just the sheer amount of projects you have! You both have young families and are such an inspiration!
    Thank you both for sharing!

  7. Myrna Hadrits
    December 30, 2020 @ 7:14 pm

    Love Tin Can Knits

  8. Sara
    September 24, 2020 @ 10:14 am

    I love your patterns and appreciate your tutorials as well. I am currently knitting the simple mitten pattern for a child . The pattern is very well written and easy to follow so I get good results. I am new to the blog but look forward to more exploration. Thank you for everything!

  9. Karla W.
    September 15, 2020 @ 8:32 pm

    Emily, your handspun is absolutely stunning! Well done you! I’m a novice spinner and hope to eventually have my yarn look like that. I had to laugh when Alexa said its a slow process…something most people, me included, don’t understand until they actually see the process of spinning. It’s work but it is SO rewarding. Love your patterns and am about to cast on a baby hat from your Simple Collection. As Dr. Henry says, “be kind, be calm, be safe.”

  10. Olivia
    September 14, 2020 @ 5:15 am

    You guys are amazing. I love reading about your journey. I’ve had a long journey in a very short time, many in fact so I’m trying to slow down and not push but appreciate what I have (memories) and know. But at the same time, my interest in Physics, in particular Particle & Astro Physics (Gravity) is increasing and I’m still devouring every book I can find while trying not to regret that I didn’t find Physics while I was young. It’s never too late to learn. Plus I’m loving my new telescope.

  11. Barbara Everett
    September 11, 2020 @ 2:52 pm

    Would love to get patterns of vivid. I love to knit or refresh my knitting again

  12. petula
    September 11, 2020 @ 5:04 am

    For me next stitches involve big steps in my professional life and the return to knitting after a four year hiatus!

  13. Esther
    September 11, 2020 @ 4:30 am

    Diese Wolle ist sehr schön!
    Denn Pulli würde ich gerne stricken, danke!

  14. Bindy in Australia
    September 10, 2020 @ 6:11 pm

    Hi Emily and Alexa. Thanks for sharing both the knitting and the ‘other parts of life’ next steps. I don’t think I’ve ever knit a bottom-up sweater and had to join the torso and arms at the yoke, so I am tackling that skill. I cast on your Penny design last night to give that construction a go. I teach senior secondary school (15-17 year-olds) and we’re about to start two weeks of school holidays after a very BIG term of all students learning from home. The holidays are very welcome as a next step. Thanks for the post!

  15. Dawn
    September 10, 2020 @ 4:56 pm

    Can you tell us about the beautiful blue/green variagated yarn pictured in the flax pattern at the beginning of this email? I would love to get some!

    • Alexa Ludeman
      September 10, 2020 @ 9:33 pm

      Hi Dawn – It is Emily’s handspun!

      • Barbara Lindeman. New Jersey USA
        September 11, 2020 @ 9:04 am

        I also love this yarn…… Is it or will it be available For purchase?

  16. Liz
    September 10, 2020 @ 2:04 pm

    For a carer like me, knitting is a mix of both joy and frustration. The latter comes when you can’t get to your project(s) because you have no choice but to focus on the needs of others, to the extent your own dreams evaporate. The former comes when you are able to reach for your needles in peace, and a project finally goes forward towards the end you desired (albeit some years ago!). So small steps are my only way forward in life, be it caring or knitting. I too like learning about things, and after 42 years in this house, the jumble of items attests to that. I will have another try at some of them (wood carving anyone?), but it’s still knitting I return to. Maybe it’s the chance to do something that acts like meditation combined with creative action – a power-full (typo intended) source of healing to a tired soul. Now where did I put those needles with the nettle yarn scarf…..?

  17. SMarin
    September 10, 2020 @ 12:25 pm

    What yarn did you use for your post’s picture?
    It is a beautiful variagted green.

    • S Marin
      September 10, 2020 @ 12:28 pm

      I read that the yarn is your handspun yRn. Do you sell any of your yarns?

      • Alexa Ludeman
        September 10, 2020 @ 9:34 pm

        Hi! Nope, it’s a sloooooow process

    • Alexa Ludeman
      September 10, 2020 @ 9:34 pm

      Hi! That yarn is Emily’s beautiful handspun

  18. Linda Rice
    September 10, 2020 @ 12:06 pm

    Please tell me what yarn is used in the Flax sweater as shown in the first photo in this blog…green/turquoise/red flecks, etc. thanks

    • Alexa Ludeman
      September 10, 2020 @ 12:08 pm

      Hi Linda – That is my very own handspun yarn!

  19. Suknits
    September 10, 2020 @ 7:41 am

    I even modified your Flax sweater by doing a panel of garter stitch down the sides of the body of the sweater to correspond with the cast on underarm stitches

  20. wingedselkie
    September 10, 2020 @ 7:34 am

    Thank you so much for focusing on forward motion and little next steps.

  21. Meredith MC
    September 10, 2020 @ 7:29 am

    You guys are awesome. Thank you for the inspiration and beauty you send into the world. I’ve knit a few of your patterns and I love the easy to follow format you’ve created. My next steps are diving back into teaching middle school online, with a whole new teaching platform to use (And teach to kids) that is nowhere near as easy to use as google. So knitting will be in the back seat for a bit. Within reach, but not centered. I dreamed about a knit last night that I now want to see if I can make. Luckily I took good notes that will be there when I have time and brain space agin.
    Thanks again.❤️

  22. Helen Schendel
    September 10, 2020 @ 7:01 am

    I have knit many of your patterns, including all of your simple collection. I especially enjoyed Lush and Gramps (Made 5), Prism and flax.