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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. Linda
    December 26, 2021 @ 6:13 pm

    I always use your pattern World simplest mitten and I do both at the same time. This way, no second mitten syndrome..

  2. Barbara Huffman
    December 18, 2021 @ 1:19 pm

    First of all, thank you so much for offering such a wonderful pattern for free! I have a quick question. The pattern says for a child’s mittens, ” continue knitting every round until piece measures 3” from end of thumb gusset. Does that mean 3” from the top of the thumb gusset or from where you started the gusset?
    Thanks again 😌

    • Emily Wessel
      December 21, 2021 @ 9:39 am

      First, you’re welcome!

      You’ll measure the 3″ from the point of separation between thumb and hand (not from beginning of gusset). ~ Em

  3. Tammy Lowe
    March 1, 2020 @ 9:41 pm

    Hi, beautiful mittens. I’m going to try this pattern. I love the marled effect and your colours!! Can you use two worsted weight to achieve the bulky weight? Trying to use up some leftover yarn.

    • alexaludeman
      March 2, 2020 @ 12:58 pm

      Hi Tammy – That sounds about right, you probably need to try it or do a swatch to know if it’s too dense, although mittens are better if they are a little denser.

  4. Angela J
    February 16, 2020 @ 9:15 am

    I usually make fraternal mittens, and can identify with starting a new pair and not mending a small hole.

    This winter however I’ve had a new experience….. mitten replacement. My grandson lost one of his 18 month old dino/lizard fraternal mittens. Despite being offered the chance of choosing a completely new design he requested a new lizard one.

    Argh……. the horror of replacing one half without its twin for checking the stitch count and shape. Then….. Phew, I found a few notes, the replacement was made and after exacting quality control I am informed ‘they match’. To him different gloves are normal…… as long as they’re the same size/shape.

  5. jatshaw
    February 15, 2020 @ 11:52 am

    I really like your patterns! Right now I’m working on your Sea Wall sock pattern which is turning out well. Thanks!

    February 8, 2020 @ 5:56 am

    I use my left over wool to make pneumonia vest . They need them in Africa

  7. Máiread
    February 8, 2020 @ 3:16 am

    More multi coloured patterns please. Really good for left-over wool.

  8. Beth Marshall
    February 7, 2020 @ 10:27 am

    Great mittens! I can’t wait to knit from your pattern, especially as you give instrux for many weights of yarn!

  9. Vicky
    February 7, 2020 @ 7:46 am

    I love your worlds simplest mitten pattern, but I have a hard time sewing the holes closed. I would love to see a tutorial showing how to do it correctly.

  10. Hypatia
    February 7, 2020 @ 3:24 am

    Same as with socks, identical mittens with patterned yarn isn’t only boring but most of them time won’t really work, either. Even if you knit two-at-a-time, often they aren’t identical anymore when you finish. I’ll keep to “close cousins” ;)

    Unfortunately it isn’t cold enough in Northern Germany to have a real need for mittens…

  11. Pam
    February 6, 2020 @ 10:01 am

    I was just thinking this about socks – why do they actually have to match? I agree that using different colors will keep me going to finish #2.

  12. ReginaMary
    February 6, 2020 @ 8:50 am

    So much to love about this pattern. I have a basket at home with mismatched mittens. When one of the boys came in with a wet paw, I would toss that on the radiator and pull another one out of the basket. A mother’s dream come true. It is clear you and Alexa are kindred souls. Happy stitching!

  13. Elizabeth Ann
    February 6, 2020 @ 6:43 am

    I love your mitten patterns and someday I will make Waves! Do you have ideas on how to make the tubular cast on easier to understand? Do you have a learning video on this ( for me) difficult cast on?

    • alexaludeman
      April 2, 2020 @ 9:51 pm

      Hi Elizabeth – Do you mean casting on for knitting in the round? Or the tubular cast on?

  14. Margaret Allbut
    February 5, 2020 @ 7:34 pm

    I’d like a very simple socks pattern for kids


    Marg Allbut

    • alexaludeman
      February 7, 2020 @ 2:30 pm

      Hi Margaret – We’ve got it! You can check out the Rye Socks or the Rye Light