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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. Claire Provost
    October 30, 2018 @ 10:46 am

    I have pulled out the Sitka mitten 3 times. The gusset is very confusing. I always use 2 markers, but you use just 1. The stitch count is never correct when I get to the gusset. Am I supposed to knit 1 stitch before and after the pattern? Sorry, but the directions are not clear. Any help would be appreciated.

    • alexaludeman
      November 9, 2018 @ 9:53 pm

      Hi Claire – Maybe try placing a marker after chart C to make things a little easier? You should have 1 stitch before and after Chart A.

  2. Kris
    September 3, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

    Hello! I attempted to follow the instructions for the DK version of the beanie. The problem is that stitch panel is only 15 inches, not 16 as you state in the DK version. I’ve ended the first row of the chart with extra stitches. Did you possibly add an extra knit stitch in between each repeat?

    • alexaludeman
      September 5, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

      Hi Kris – yep! It’s in the written instructions. Work Chart A, knit 1

  3. NeverJustJenniferj
    December 3, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

    is this a difficult pattern? I’m a semi-confident knitter and looking for some more exciting hat patterns.

    • alexaludeman
      December 3, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

      Not particularly, the twisted stitch is the only trick (and following the chart)

  4. Millicent Perez
    February 12, 2015 @ 11:56 am

    Thank you for this!! I am not so experienced a knitter as I would like to be. That being said I’m confused. I did cast on 112 and now started working pattern. But Sitka pattern I purchased has 15 stitch pattern not a 16. Is this a typo? Should I have only cast on 105 and still do 7 repeats of pattern?

    • alexaludeman
      February 12, 2015 @ 8:32 pm

      I think you may be missing the knit stitch between the charts

  5. AmoreDiZìa
    November 23, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    Adorabile! Paola – Italy

  6. knittedblissjc
    November 22, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    So gorgeous!! I love this design, it’s graphic and modern, yet really classic.

  7. Stephanie H.
    November 21, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

    I love the Sitka Spruce hat pattern. In fact, I am quite addicted to knitting this hat.