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Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi Paperback – June 29, 2010
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"Hrachovec takes the art of knitted toys in an unusual and unexpected direction in her first pattern collection. She includes the standard tiny, cute animals but also knitted mountains, UFOs, pencils, a pocket protector that is, literally, a pocket protector monster, and a creation she calls the 'Grouchy Couch.'" --Library Journal
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Anna Hrachovec launched her knitted toy patterns in 2007. Her creations have been featured on "The Martha Stewart Show" and exhibited in galleries worldwide.
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The book begins with practical information, such as tools needed and how to seam toys together. One thing missing is information on mild machine felting. Many of the earlier patterns from her website utilize this method, and I personally like the results of using wool yarn and then lightly felting it. These toys, conversely, can be made with any type of yarn.
Most of the knits are "just for fun," although a few double as being practical, like a muff and slippers. "For fun" designs include a moose covered in little birds, bed bugs with knitted night caps, and a TV. My favorite is a couch. A few of the knits have urban themes: baby alligators (to fit in with the urban legend of them coming up from the sewer), a cityscape, and a smokestack complete with pollution emitting from it (complete with eyes, of course). If you follow the author's blog, you know she has lately started knitting the tiniest of things. In that vein, this book includes five "nano knits"--human beans, mountains, mushrooms, hamsters, and a little pencil. I uploaded an image of one of the "human beans" I made from the pattern. He's only a little over an inch tall! It looks as though the author's next book will be exclusively on the mini-knit subject.
To be honest, every time I knit one of these toys I ask myself, "What am I going to do with this now?" But they're so cute . . . it's hard to resist making more. I don't plan to make all the knits from this book (out of 20 patterns, I'm interested in possibly making and/or have made nine), but just in general appreciate having a full-color, glossy edition of some of this author's unique patterns. Why should crocheters have all the fun?
I highly recommend this book.
The book does cover techniques for sewing and weaving in ends with very clear diagrams and instructions and the patterns are generally easy to follow. Some patterns on the other hand do require more patience and time to knit though. I wouldn't recommend this to an impatient knitter or someone who hates seaming, and especially if you really hate double-pointed needles, give this book a miss.