Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
Mochi Mochi are small knitted creatures or animals that are quick knit and cute. They often use up leftover tidbits of yarn. Mochi Mochi have become increasingly popular in the last decade. The little knits make cute toys for children and fun collectibles for adults.
Not everyone wants a sickeningly sugary sweet Mochi Mochi all of the time. After the author Hravochec had two other best-selling Mochi Mochi pattern books, I am sure she may have felt like she had watched Nyan Cat for 10 hours straight. And that is where the genius of super scary Mochi Mochi patterns comes in. The truth is, they aren't scary. Just creepy or strange ideas knitted into Mochi Mochi. These are knitted monsters that are just really cute. Since they are monsters, they sort of lose their sugary sweet tone, while still being adorable.
The patterns have some basic monsters such as little witches and zombies. The monsters gain in their uniqueness further through the text. There is a scary tooth monster that could be knit for a dentist office. There is a reversible monster that sort of vomits out cute little puffballs when it is flipped inside out. I can't help but feel there is something Jungian about taking a monster and knitting it into a cute toy. I am sure that the author didn't' have that intent, but if you want to turn your own fears into cute Mochi Mochi, you will be pleased with the monster design section included in the end of the book.
Mochi Mochi include shaping, color changes, and often sewing or embroidery to finish. Advanced beginners who are comfortable with increases and decreases, color changes and double pointed needles should be all to knit the patterns in this book. The included photographs have the monsters well placed in an appropriate scene that will bring a smile to the reader's eye. If you are looking for knitted toys for Halloween, something for a lighthearted gift, or to knit for a middle school age tween with a slightly twisted sense of humor, you should definitely check out this book.
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