A big trend in the yarn craft world in recent years has been amigurumi, knitting and crocheting little versions of everyday objects, monsters, animals and other delights. There's something undeniably cute and irresistibly attractive about these yarny creations, but that adorableness is amped up even more when the projects themselves are scaled down.
Knit amigurumi master Anna Hrachovec knows this, and she shares a bunch of ideas for wee knits in her book Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: More than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear and Give.
About the Book
- Pages: 144
- Format: paperback
- Number of patterns: 38, but some have multiple pieces
- Skill level: none given, but comfort knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing all on small needles are musts
- Illustrations: full-color photographs
- Knitting lessons: a 5-page knitting essentials section covers the basics; a "tiny techniques and tips: section covers things you need to know to make the dolls, like working in the round, picking up stitches, weaving in ends and adding details
- Publication date: August 2011
Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi is a book full of cuteness on a small scale. The projects are arranged by theme: tiny animals, tiny edibles, tiny humanoids, tiny inanimates, tiny naturals and tiny holidays. It really does no good for me to try to describe them, they really have to be seen to be believed, but they're pretty much all adorable.
There's a really wide selection of choices here, such as:
- tiny chickens
- a tiny armadillo
- a tiny hot dog
- a tiny garden gnome
- a tiny airplane
- a tiny record player
- a tiny rainbow
- a forest of tiny trees
- a tiny Easter bunny
All of these projects are on a wee scale, but of course you could use bigger yarn and needles to make them not-so teeny-tiny if you want to. Thought I can't imagine why you wouldn't want a wee computer to sit on your desk next to your real computer, or a bunch of tiny cupcakes for your child's teensy tea party.
One thing that's extra fun about this book is that it offers plenty of ideas for how to use these little creations, if just having them sitting around your home and office isn't enough for you. You can try wearing them as pins, earrings or charms on a bracelet (which is so cute i almost can't stand it), attach them to gifts (think a tiny bride and groom on a wedding present) or make a bunch of tiny ornaments for a mini Christmas tree.
It's hard to play favorites in a book where every project is adorable, but some of the little treasures that might make it to my needles soon include the tiny chickens, fish, fried eggs, cupcakes, airplane, record player, Xs and Os (you could even make enough for a game of tic-tac-toe) and the tiny Easter bunny. Every time I look at this book I see something else cute that I'd love to see tucked in a tiny corner.
I dare any knitter with a heart and a spark of whimsy in their body to look at Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi and not find something they want to knit out of it. I don't think it's possible. This book is so cute, so much fun, and the knitting of these wee little things would be a lot of fun, too. They won't take much time but the little details will make them look more complicated than they are.
What's more, they all use just tiny little amounts of yarn so you can look through your stash and line up some teeny-tiny projects to go with all the little leftover bits of yarn you have lying around. You might not get projects the exact size or gauge as those in the book, but they'll still be adorable -- and a heck of a lot cuter than a box full of oddments is!