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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. Jana
    December 26, 2021 @ 10:16 am

    Thanks for sharing. I would like to make a hat for an adult (22.5 inch) in fine linen lace. I am a fairly experienced knitter and can adjust the gauge etc. but not sure how wide should the central (widest) part be. What width (at the top of the head) of the would you recommend, please?

    • Emily Wessel
      December 27, 2021 @ 10:08 am

      Hi Jana – I’m not sure precisely what you mean; if you work with the pattern stitch counts, and convert them to your stitch count, that should give you the stitch count for you to knit to. But the fit and drape will be significantly different in a linen lace yarn, so this conversion will definitely require some trial-and-error. ~ Em

  2. Tamara
    September 2, 2021 @ 9:45 pm

    These are all so darling. What skill level do you need for these

    • Emily Wessel
      September 6, 2021 @ 6:59 am

      You can be a confident beginner, as long as you’re willing to learn a new technique or two :)

  3. Colette
    September 1, 2021 @ 1:42 am

    I’ve just finished the increase rows and I have 67 instead of 69 stitches. Not sure what to do? Can I M1 x 2 somewhere? I’m using lockdown in Sydney to extend my skills from beginner to intermediate to knit for my new grand babies due Dec and Jan. Love the pattern and thanks in advance for your help

    • Emily Wessel
      September 6, 2021 @ 6:57 am

      Yes! Just add an extra 2 stitches in using M1 on one of the coming rows. Or skip a decrease repeat on the decreases.

  4. lobby62
    August 31, 2021 @ 2:57 am

    Hi there. I purchased this pattern a few years ago and knitted up the newborn. Lovely pattern. I’ve decided to do it again for another friend in the baby or toddler sizing. Do I need to buy the pattern again for any of the other sizes? Thought I was buying all sizes at the time.

    • Emily Wessel
      September 6, 2021 @ 6:54 am

      The pattern includes 5 sizes from newborn to adult, you don’t need to buy it again.

  5. Sandra Jones
    March 21, 2021 @ 7:23 am

    I’d like to make one without the point on the top. So after working the increases should I work and few rows without increases while also working the short rows in the neck band then start the decrease side and finish?

    • Alexa Ludeman
      March 21, 2021 @ 1:02 pm

      Hi Sandra – That’s what I would try, let us know how it turns out!

  6. Ruth K.
    November 30, 2020 @ 12:25 pm

    Hi, I started this hat this fall but put it aside to work on several pairs of mittens. Now, in getting back to it I have a few questions. I thought I had finished all the increase rows and would have the decrease left. As you do the short row increases in groups of 4rows, do you need to keep them in groups of 4, or do you go by number of stitches?
    Where do you count the rows to know rows knitted?
    Thank you

    • Alexa Ludeman
      November 30, 2020 @ 1:23 pm

      Hi Ruth – I would count the number of stitches you have. You want to have the full stitch count if you have done all of the increases.

  7. Sandy R
    November 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

    When you s1 on the decrease after you SM, do you slip purlwise with the yarn in front?

    • Emily Wessel
      November 23, 2020 @ 1:27 am

      In the decrease section, when you’re slipping the stitch with the right side of the work facing (a knit row), you’ll slip the stitch purlwise with the yarn in BACK.

  8. Lynne moug
    September 12, 2020 @ 6:46 pm

    Hello! I am knitting the beloved hat right now. When working row 3 on the increase short row section and I knit the doubled stitch together the knitting on that side of the hat is very loose and messy looking compared to the other side. I tried giving the k2tog and extra tug to tighten up but didn’t seem to make a difference. Any suggestions? Thx

    • Alexa Ludeman
      September 13, 2020 @ 9:08 pm

      Hi Lynne – When you ‘turn’ the stitch you might want to try working the next couple of stitches extra tight.

  9. Gail McKeon
    May 28, 2020 @ 5:34 pm

    I just found you because there was a picture on my google feed on my phone which I look at almost every morning for new knit and crochet things. Last week I found out I have lymphoma cancer and am going through the work up to be put on chemo. I love the cute cap you are demonstrating and I think it will be something I can work on while stuck in a clinic seat getting the chemo and have such adorable hats to donate to the children in need for next winter here in the northern Colorado foothills where we get quite cold and snowy. I had ordered 10 7oz skeins of different colored yarns which make pretty patterns of tiny flowers as you work thru the yarn so I think I will put together a kit to just carry with me to make the caps and feel I am using the time of waiting for the chemo to run its’ course each visit to the clinic to be productive but on small projects I can see the results of quickly.

    • Emily Wessel
      May 29, 2020 @ 3:55 am

      Hi Gail – Rough news. I do hope some simple knits can be a small source of comfort as you go through your cancer treatments. Best luck ~ Emily

      • Stephanie Sturgis
        July 20, 2020 @ 3:51 pm

        Hi! I love this pattern and have made it before – I had to frog a couple rows to fix a mistake with the psso and once I have the stiches back on I can’t seem to get the icord edge right again! I don’t know if I got the three end stitches mixed up or what. I’ve tried a few times and keep getting it wrong and I’m so so close to finishing! Any help is much appreciated. Thanks

      • Alexa Ludeman
        July 21, 2020 @ 2:59 pm

        Hi Stephanie – If you send us an email ( with a pic of your work I can try to diagnose the issue!

  10. Carol Payne
    November 9, 2019 @ 6:36 pm

    I just purchased this pattern! What is the finished size please of the newborn bonnet and the baby bonnet? Thank you!

    • alexaludeman
      November 12, 2019 @ 12:27 pm

      Hi Carol – fits head 13 (16, 18, 19, 22)” in circumference

  11. Karen Crist
    September 29, 2019 @ 3:04 pm

    Hi, What size is the golden panda coloured hat and how old is the little girl?

    • alexaludeman
      September 30, 2019 @ 1:20 pm

      Hi Karen – it’s a toddler size and Neve is 3, a little on the small side.

  12. Emily Wessel
    August 15, 2019 @ 9:33 am

    Hi Brenda – I’m not sure which example you’re referring to, sorry! We’ve got several of our knits listed on, you can find all the details of these bonnets (including yarn brand & colourways) here: — if you search for ‘beloved’ within the projects it should bring them all up. Hope this helps!

  13. Anne
    August 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

    I have just completed the first section with 23 sets. The next WS row says:
    sl2, p1, k7, purl to last 10 sets., k7, p3. There is no mention of the marker and the total number of sets is more than 23. Please advise how to proceed. Thank you.

    • Emily Wessel
      August 15, 2019 @ 9:49 am

      Whenever there’s no explicit mention of the marker in our patterns, you will simply slip it when you come to it, and proceed onwards. So you’ll sl2, p1, k7, then purl to the marker, slip the marker, then continue purling to the last 10 sts, k7, p3.

  14. Pat Raby
    August 10, 2019 @ 5:39 am

    Great tutorial!! I recently discovered how much fun it is to knit the the Beloved Hat!! Knit 3 Iin a row and am sure more will follow.

  15. Luciana Trombetta Otupacca
    August 10, 2019 @ 12:35 am

    Wonderful tutorial!!!!

  16. Suzanne
    August 9, 2019 @ 1:09 pm

    You ladies always come through with insightful and helpful tutorials. Cheers!

  17. Trish Palmer
    August 9, 2019 @ 8:57 am

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I bought the pattern a while ago but got stuck and so I abandoned it. But the hat is perfect and I just really want to make it. Now I’ll give it another go.

    • Emily Wessel
      August 15, 2019 @ 9:47 am

      Best luck, I hope the tutorial helps, and if there’s somewhere you’re really stuck, email us with your specific question,

  18. Sherry Donohue
    August 9, 2019 @ 7:32 am

    Adorable, thanks so much for all the detailed instruction. Will be making these for Xmas gifts.

  19. Brenda
    August 9, 2019 @ 7:20 am

    What yarn and needle size did you use on the infant sized “Beloved Bonnet.”
    Thank You!
    Love this pattern and tutorial.

  20. Karen Sanders
    August 8, 2019 @ 9:40 pm

    I went to your website to buy the pattern, since I am not on ravelry. After I paid for the pattern it directed me to Ravelry. How do I get my pattern without a ravelry account?

    • Emily Wessel
      August 15, 2019 @ 9:29 am

      Hi Karen – Our patterns are delivered via, but you should be able to buy without a user id; did you get an email about your purchase, with a link to download the pattern? If you’re still having difficulties and haven’t received your pattern, send us an email at, and we’ll get you refunded, or get you the pattern! Thanks for your purchase :)

  21. kernowprincess
    August 8, 2019 @ 1:18 pm

    Love this project, was looking for something special to make for my soon to be borne nephew.