How-Tuesday: Petite Pencil From Mochimochi Land
Published on Sept 28, 2010 in Make
Photo by Knitting Mochmochi
Baby gators, pigs with wigs, and human beans, oh my! Anna Hrachovec's new book, Knitted Mochimochi, is abuzz with the cutest and most unusual critters of the knitted variety. Anna is the Brooklyn-based designer and craft artist behind Mochimochi Land. Her work is a lovable fusion of humor, Japanese kawaii elements, unexpected scale, and good old fashioned hand-knitting. She currently divides her time between designing knitting patterns, like the one she is sharing with us today, and creating more complex one-off knitted pieces for her upcoming solo exhibition, Greetings from Mochimochi Land at Gallery Hanahou in New York City. (Scroll down for full details on her art opening.)
Take note, with the help of this week's How-Tuesday project, you can sharpen your knitting skills and make a little gift for a writer friend. As the author says, "There's never been a dull moment with this humble no. 2."
Let's get started!
• Fingering weight yarn in small amounts of pink (Color 1), gray (Color 2), yellow (Color 3), tan (Color 4), and black (Color 5)
• Set of size 1 US (2.25mm) double-pointed needles
• Tapestry needle
Note: The samples from this project were knit with Koigu Premium Merino (1/super fine; 100% wool; each approx 1¾ oz/50g and 170 yds/155m) • 1150.5 (pink), 2392 (gray), 1200 (yellow), 2360 (tan), and 2400 (black). Also, this toy is not suitable for small children.
Finished Size: Approximately 2½ inches long
Gauge: 2 inches = 19 stitches and 23 rows in stockinette stitch (knit on RS, purl on WS)
Stitches & Knitting Terms:
CO = casting on
Rnd = round
K = knit
Sts = stitches
K2tog = knit 2 together
Kfb = knit through front and back of a stitch
With Color 1, CO 4 sts onto one needle.
Rnd 1 (work as I-cord): [Kfb] 4 times (8 sts).
Distribute sts onto 3 needles, place marker, and join in a rnd.
Rnd 2: [Kfb] 8 times (16 sts).
Rnds 3–5: Knit.
Switch to Color 2.
Rnds 6–8: Knit.
Switch to Color 3.
Rnds 9–22: Knit 14 rnds.
Rnd 23: [K1 Color 4, k1 Color 3] to end.
Switch to Color 4 only.
Rnds 24 and 25: Knit.
Rnd 26: [K2tog, k2] 4 times (12 sts).
Rnd 27: Knit.
Stuff before continuing.
Rnd 28: [K2tog, k1] 4 times (8 sts).
Place sts onto one needle to work as I-cord, and switch to Color 5.
Rnd 30: [K2tog] 4 times (4 sts).
Rnd 31: Knit.
Break yarn and draw tightly through sts with tapestry needle.
Finishing: Weave in all loose ends. Embroider eyes with two small horizontal stitches in black yarn.