Free Pattern: Tiny Hillary and Tiny Trump


Celebrate your favorite 2016 presidential candidate and/or cope with the impending demise of democracy with these free patterns! If you enjoy them, please visit the Mochimochi Shop for more nonpartisan knits.

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New Logo

Mochimochi Land has a new logo!


Isn’t it fun and HAPPY??

This was designed by Chicago illustrator (and my good friend) Kate OLeary. You should check out her website and Instagram!

Now we just need a new website design for Mochimochi Land! One thing at a time, I suppose.

Announcing the 2016 Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners!


Believe it or not, it’s now officially time to enter the 10th Annual Mochimochi Photo + Video Contest!

For the 10th year in a row (!!!), we’re looking for the cutest, funniest, most creative photos and videos of Mochimochi Land toys. This year you can enter through your favorite social media platform (see below for details), and you have so much time to enter: the deadline is November 14th, 2016.

Winners will receive awesome prizes from our favorite sponsor Knit Picks, from indie designers Angela Tong and SpillyJane, and from Bonney Teti, my mother-in-law and owner of the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash.

Kouyou by Angela Tong / Cupcake Mittens by SpillyJane


This contest is open to knitters worldwide. To be eligible, your photo or video must contain at least one knitted toy made from a Mochimochi Land pattern. This can be a pattern from the Mochimochi Shop, a pattern from one of the Mochimochi books by Anna Hrachovec, or one of the free patterns on the Mochimochi Blog. The pattern may be modified, but not beyond recognition from the original design. (The use of Photoshop is OK, and other characters, including other knitted toys, are welcome to appear in your photo or video too!)

Note that we’re looking for humor, cuteness, and originality—not necessarily the most professional-looking photos and videos. We want everyone to enter!

How to enter

PHOTOS: There are three ways to enter photos. Please choose just one, and enter no more than 8 photos.*

1) Post your photo(s) on Instagram with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest16.

2) Post your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Facebook page with the hashtag #mochiphotocontest16.

3) Add your photo(s) to the Mochimochi Land Flickr group. All photos uploaded to this group since the December 1st deadline of last year’s photo contest—with the exception of those entered in our recent Mochi Mod Contest—are already entered in this year’s contest!

VIDEOS: First, upload your video to any public video sharing site (like YouTube or Vimeo). Then email me at with with subject line VIDEO ENTRY, and include a link to your video. Please do not send the video as an attachment. The length of your video can be anywhere from 30 seconds to around 2 minutes long. Please enter no more than 2 videos.


The last day to enter the contest is November 14th, 2016. Update: It’s now DECEMBER 14th! We’ll announce the finalists shortly thereafter here on the blog, and everyone will be able to vote for their favorites! So be sure to check the blog after the deadline.


The first place photo prize will include a $100-value surprise gift package from Knit Picks, fabulous PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane (two of my favorite designers), an assortment of crafty goodies straight from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

Second and third place photo prizes will include a gift package from Knit Picks ($75 and $50 value, respectively), PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and a $20 gift card to Mochimochi Land.

The first place video prize will include a $100 gift package from Knit Picks, PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and six Mochimochi Land kits.

Second and third place video prizes will include PDF pattern packages from Angela Tong and SpillyJane, an assortment of goodies from the World’s Biggest Yarn Stash, and four Mochimochi Land kits.

Thank you to Knit Picks, Angela Tong, SpillyJane, and Bonney Teti for the exciting prizes!

Needles ready? Cameras set? GO!

* This limit doesn’t apply to photos already added to the Flickr group.

A Tiny Strange Bit of Hair

I bet you can guess who this belongs to!


I just couldn’t resist…

More soon!

Summer of Squee Sale is Back


The big Mochimochi Land summer sale is back!

Refresh your knitting with 20% off of EVERYTHING in the shop through September 5th. EVERYTHING includes all PDF patterns, books, kits, needles, and more adorable things that help you make happy!

To take advantage of the discount, use the code SUMMERSQUEE when checking out.

Please note, this sale does not apply to patterns purchased from the Mochimochi Land Ravelry store, but we’re happy to add patterns purchased via to your Ravelry library upon request.


More Cool Crazy Mochi Mods!

A few more over-the-top cool and crazy mods from the Mochi Mod Contest!

This one by bononers gets bonus points for being a good story, a most unusual deviation from the original design (the smoke from the Cuter Polluters pattern from Knitting Mochimochi, and just hilarious.


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More Mochi Mods, General Category!

Time to highlight more fun mods from the Mochi Mod Contest!

One of our favorites that didn’t get a win was this custom arcade game by Chandraknits.


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Not Your Granny’s Walker

Lorak on Ravelry got in touch recently with a project and story that made me smile.

Her friend Sadie is a rad 9-year-old girl living with cerebral palsy who uses a walker to get around. Sadie happens to be an inventor, and she tricked out her walker with a set of rotating wheels that allow her to climb curbs.


As a little gift for Sadie, Lorak mochi-fied her and gave her a walker using the pattern from my Tiny People 3 collection. Mochi Sadie doesn’t have wheels, but she’s super cool nonetheless!


Read more about Sadie in this Boston Globe article.