Tin Can Knits @ Tangled Yarn

Posted on July 02, 2013 by Rachel Owen | O Comments


Sikta Spruce uses Malabrigo Merino Worsted, shown in Lettuce

Tin Can Knits are one of my favourite design partnerships; they live an ocean apart with Alexa in Vancouver, Canada and Emily in Edinburgh, Scotland. Although Emily was born and raised in Vancouver too! Both have very different backgrounds too Alexa is a qualified teacher whilst Emily an architect but they both share a love of knitting!


Vivid is part of Handmade in the UK collection. Try knitting in  Supersoft 100% Wool

Their latest book Handmade in the UK is now available, with 10 lacy designs from Emily all inspired by her new life here in the UK and by the wealth of artisan yarns the UK has to offer, including Juno Fibre Arts, The Uncommon Thread, Shilasdair and Orkney Angora. If you’d like to sample a pattern from Handmade in the UK, you can download Estuary.


Estuary is available to download free. Knit in Dream in Color Smooshy

These ladies really understand about knitting and design; their patterns generally focus on one or two design elements and really explore them to the fullest. Their blog is packed with helpful tutorials and advice. Alexa and Emily have bought together designs for all on the family with many of their knitting patterns offering multiple sizes from baby through to adult. Another thing I love about Tin Can Knits is their knitting patterns are not focused on you using one particular yarn; you can easily substitute for a yarn that is more readily available as their instructions give the yardage rather than just the number of skeins for a specific yarn.


Snowflake is available as a downloadable pattern. Knit in Milly DK.

It’s been a busy couple of years for the duo with their first book 9 Months of Knitting published in 2011 followed by their second Pacific Knits in 2012. And this year see’s the launch of the Simple Collection, a collection of free knitting patterns to be released over the next six months that reintroduces knitters to the basis of knitting. This is a great concept as more and more of us are returning to knitting after a long break and may not know how to knit in the round or block your finished piece. You can download the Wheat and Malt now, I will add additional patterns as they become available.


Wheat and Malt are part of the Simple Collection.

At Tangled Yarn we stock all three pattern books, as well as individual knitting patterns in both printed format or as a downloadable pattern.


POP is knit as individual squares in the round and then seamed together. Knit in Noro Kureyon.

I'm giving one reader the chance to win a copy of POP, perhaps one of the most widely recognised Tin Can Knits patterns. For your chance to win tell us your favourite Tin Can Knits pattern by 12 noon (GMT) on Friday 5th July. The winner will be selected at random and announced here on the blog later that same day. The pattern will be supplied as a PDF download.



 The winner is Victoria!

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part.


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