Looking for something quick and spooky to knit this month? I’ve got some ideas for you! (See below for names and links.)
Little Miss Widow, Hurly-Burly, and Bitty Witches (and more—from Super-Scary Mochimochi)
Being a ghost can’t be all that bad: You’ll never run out of candy corn! Spoooky…
Some nice knitters who got early copies have let me know (nicely) about a few problems.
Page 70, Baby Cakes’ Frosting
After Row 122 in the frosting section, this sentence should be added:
Break the yarn and draw it tightly through the stitches with a tapestry needle.
Page 90, Roland’s Shell
This is how the section should read:
With A, cast on 37 stitches onto the circular needle to work flat.
Row 1: Sl1, p to last st, sl1.
Row 2: K4, [p1, k3] 8 times, k1.
Rows 3-7: Work in established rib for 5 rows, slipping the first and last stitches on the odd-numbered rows.
Row 8: K4, m1, [p1, k3, m1] 8 times, k1 (46 sts).
Rows 9-13: Work as established for 5 rows.
Row 14: K5, m1, [p1, k4, m1] 8 times, k1 (55 sts).
Rows 15-19: Work as established for 5 rows.
Row 20: K6, m1, [p1, k5, m1] 8 times, k1 (64 sts).
Rows 21-25: Work as established for 5 rows.
Row 26: K7, m1, [p1, k6, m1] 8 times, k1 (73 sts).
Rows 27-31: Work as established for 5 rows.
Row 32: K8, m1, [p1, k7, m1] 8 times, k1 (82 sts).
Rows 33-43: Work as established for 11 rows.
Row 44: K7, k2tog, [p1, k6, k2tog] 8 times, k1 (73 sts).
Rows 45-49: Work as established for 5 rows.
Row 50: K6, k2tog, [p1, k5, k2tog] 8 times, k1 (64 sts).
Rows 51-55: Work as established for 5 rows.
Row 56: K5, k2tog, [p1, k4, k2tog] 8 times, k1 (55 sts).
Rows 57-61: Work as established for 5 rows.
Row 62: K4, k2tog, [p1, k3, k2tog] 8 times, k1 (46 sts).
Rows 63-67: Work as established for 5 rows.
Row 68: K3, k2tog, [p1, k2, k2tog] 8 times, k1 (37 sts).
Rows 69-74: Work as established for 6 rows.
Row 75: Sl1, p to last st, sl1.
Bind off all stitches.
And the book is missing the explanation for m1.
If you spot any other problems with the patterns in this book or in any of my patterns, please get in touch! Sometimes mistakes that seem obvious get missed by lots of people, and you may be the first to tell me about it.
I’m thrilled to say that my fourth book of knitting patterns, Huge & Huggable Mochimochi, is now in stores everywhere!
Not only are they big, but these toys include a wide variety of fun knitting techniques, like bobbles, cables, colorwork, and unusual shaping. Don’t let the size fool you—these guys knit up quicker than you’d think with thick yarn and big needles! And several projects come with smaller versions, so you can make a little guy before tackling the main squeeze.
Buy a signed copy in the Mochimochi shop, get it from your local yarn store, or come to one of my upcoming book signings!
And look who’s growing up fast!
That’s my niece Nora. Big thanks to my sister and her husband Nat for letting me borrow her cute face for the cover!
While I’m at it, huge thank-yous to my photographer Brandi Simons, to Sonnie and Sarah and the rest of our wonderful models; to the yarn companies who contributed their lovely products (Cascade, Lion Brand, Knit Picks, and Spud & Chloë); to all the test knitters who were involved in making the patterns user-friendly; to Marilyn, my excellent tech editor; to my editor Betty Wong and her assistant Caitlin Harpin for their great work and guidance; and to everyone else who was involved in making this book happen.
Now, let’s take over the world with MEGA MOCHIS!!
Rubik the colorful cube monster made by Ilana might have the best monster name yet!
He’s clearly a puzzle master who would dominate any game night. But losers couldn’t resent that cute face!
Today’s featured Mix n Match monster is a mysterious weirdo.
But according to his maker, Joan, this mustachioed monster isn’t trying to look like Groucho Marx.—He thinks he’s being Karl Marx!
I’m giving away the Gobbledyghost pattern to everyone whose Mix n Match monster I feature this month, so Joan’s Marxist monster can make a fellow dress-up friend.
Each kit comes with a pattern and enough fingering-weight yarn (Cascade Heritage, a wool/nylon blend) and polyester stuffing to knit TWO little companions. They’re perfect for people who are new to tiny knits and/or don’t have a big stash of sock yarn on hand.
All you have to supply is the knitting needles (size 1 US/2.25mm double-pointed needles) and a small tapestry needle.
As always, we ship internationally! (And the kits are lightweight, so shipping costs are pretty reasonable.)
Just one more week before Huge & Huggable Mochimochi is released! That means that I have one last project preview to share with you: a big-mouthed, long-armed, perfectly portable creature named Totes Adorbs.
Character lovers of all ages can hang out with this guy, who knows many ways to play! And he’s useful too: wear him over your shoulder like a tote bag, strap his arms under your arms for a backpack-style bag, or just let him hold all your secrets.
Totes knits up really quickly with Knit Picks Brava Bulky yarn. (In fact, the Capabara Caravan that I featured two weeks ago was made with the same yarn, which I used for lots of the projects in this book!) His body and mouth are knitted as one piece, then you just have to attach legs and arms and his little ears.
Brandi Simons and I couldn’t get over how great our model Kim Pi was. As soon as he saw the Mad Magazines that were involved in the shoot (and was told that he’d get to keep one), he was game to do all kinds of fun poses for us.
I tried to narrow down which photos to share, but who am I kidding, I’m going to show them all!
Lest you think this is a bag strictly for kids, this is a project that I made to fit over my own shoulder, then decided that it could work just as well for a kid, if you just tied the arms right. This is the first photo I took of it last year to show my editor:
And Totes also has a design feature that didn’t show up in the photos with our model—a pocket on his tummy!
My dream is to see both little kids toting Totes to school AND bigger kids taking him to Comic Con.
So that’s all Huge & Huggable previews I have for you! But the book has lots and lots of projects that I haven’t shown, including a monster truck, a giant squid, super-soft teddy bears, a submarine, and much more.
Huge & Huggable Mochimochi comes out on October 15th! The book contains 20 all-new patterns for supersized knitted toys with equally big personalities. You can preorder a signed copy right now, and it’s also available for preorder at Amazon. Or buy it from your local yarn store on the 15th!