Anna Hrachovec is a master of knitting little toys that are cute, funny and sometimes a little creepy. The designs in Super-Scary Mochimochi: 20+ Cute & Creepy Creatures to Knit aren't really scary, but they do have some strange features that will make them fun to knit and play with.
Whether you're knitting for a kid, an adult friend who likes things a little strange or for a weird Halloween display for yourself, these creatures are sure to inspire, and templates will help you design your own creatures to knit and enjoy as well.
About the Book
- Pages: 144
- Format: paperback
- Number of patterns: 15, plus patterns for "mix and match monsters"
- Skill level: none given, but patterns are mostly for advanced beginners and up
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: 18 pages cover knitting in the round and lots of the finishing techniques needed for your mochis, such as seaming, embroidery stitches and picking up stitches
- Publication date: September 2012
Making Mini Monsters
The book includes a lot of basic instruction on the details that go into making little monsters, then dives right into the patterns. There are five patterns each in chapters on Old-School Ghouls (vampires, werewolves, etc.), Backyard Beasties like killer bees and a mama bear who holds her young in her mouth, and Creepy New Species such as minitaurs and Flatso, who can hold an iPad.
The patterns are pretty cute -- and decidedly strange -- and most don't take a lot of yarn so you can easily use scraps you have lying around for an even more monstrous look. Or grab one of those single skeins of yarn you've got lying around; you'll probably have more than enough for one of these projects.
Super-Scary Mochimochi certainly follows in the vein of Hrachovec's other books, including Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi, so if you're already a fan of her style you'll want to check this one out.
Make Your Own Monster
In addition to the pre-designed mochis, there's a section of patterns that allows you to DIY your perfect project. Here you'll find a variety of body shapes, facial features, arms, legs and tails to mix and match into your ideal monster.
You can pick a cube-shaped creature with a mustache and tendril appendages or a two-headed monster with antennas, bat wings and sticking out tongues, just to name a couple. This section is a lot of fun and should inspire you to think outside the pattern to knit the perfect pal for you or someone you like to knit for.
Use these patterns as a jumping-off point for completely unique creatures by adding stripes, a bit of furry yarn, some funky hair, crazy embroidered eyes or whatever else your wooly heart desires.
If it were me doing the knitting I'd just flip through the front part of Super-Scary Mochimochi to see her examples but then I would go to the back of the book where the mix-and-match patterns are and I'd start knitting from there.
That's not to say you shouldn't knit any of the prewritten patterns if they inspire you; I just found the choose your own adventure part of the book a lot more interesting, inspiring and fun. (That said, the little werewolf, which is a boy doll with a wolf hoodie and mittens, is pretty darn cute.)
If you're the kind of knitter who likes to be shown some examples before being let loose in the candy store, this is a great book for you. Even if you haven't thought much about knitting dolls or toys before, these patterns might be just the thing to get you interested in creating creatures out of wool or whatever yarn you have lying around.