It Was the Narwhal!

I think I forgot to mention this already, but the mystery kit from May was the Tiny Narwhal!


It was fun shipping the kits out to people all over, knowing (or at least feeling pretty sure) that they would be well received. (And from the happy feedback I got, it seems I was right!)

Now the tiny narwhals are enjoying their official debut in the summer.

You can now get the pattern as a kit or as part of the new Tiny Frozen collection—and $1 of each sale of those this July is going to support Arctic conservation.

Why the Penguin?

A couple of people have asked why I included a tiny penguin in a set of patterns that is connected to a little fundraiser for Arctic conservation. Penguins don’t live in the Arctic, duh! I think the Arctic will take all the help it can get, but for those who need more of an acknowledgement/explanation, I thought I would further clarify.

This is not the first tiny penguin that I’ve designed—if you take a close look at the tiny patterns available in my shop, you’ll see a little blue penguin included in the Tiny Mochis Collection 5. I designed this guy a number of years ago, and he’s still close to my heart. He even appeared in a Nickelodeon network ID in 2013!

But a couple of years back I decided I wanted to update the tiny penguin kit that I offer on my site and to retailers to be a black and white type—more of a classic, black-tie penguin. But black eyes don’t show up so well on a black body, so I made the face all white, altering the design quite a bit in the process.


So that was that, but of course some people liked the new penguin design but didn’t want to purchase a kit, so I’ve been looking for a pattern collection that I could include it in. I certainly could have offered the new penguin as a pattern on its own, but I try not to do that with too many tiny patterns, because hundreds of additional shop listings would be a lot to handle (but that doesn’t mean I won’t try it sometime).

So, when I decided to make a collection of Arctic creatures, I was all set with four designs—the glacier, polar bear, walrus, and narwhal. But that little penguin just begged to be included! I couldn’t resist giving the pattern a home so that more people could knit him, and I had a hunch that those who are interested in knitting a polar bear, etc. might also like to knit a penguin. And that’s why the pattern collection is called Tiny Frozen Friends, and not Tiny Arctic Animals.

That’s more of an inside scoop than I think most of you would need, but I thought I’d chat about it for anyone who’s interested. Either way, I hope those of you who get the patterns enjoy the knitting and the teeny new friends and can open your hearts to a tiny black and white penguin (or whatever colors you choose to make yours). I haven’t decided for sure which organization we’ll be supporting with the July sales, but that’s something else that I’m thinking hard on and want to make the best decision about. I’ll certainly share that information here once it’s settled.

Thanks, always, to all of you who knit, comment, share, and like!

New Tiny Frozen Friends to Knit


It’s the hottest month of the year for many of us, so why not knit some cool little creatures? Patterns for Tiny Frozen Friends—including a penguin, walrus, polar bear, narwhal, and even a glacier—are now available in the Mochimochi Shop!

And because even these guys need help beating the heat, through the end of July $1 of each sale will go to Arctic conservation efforts.

The freezer isn’t really a long-term solution, but it’s a start.

Three of these characters—penguin, walrus, and narwhal—are also available as a kit, perfect for gifting and knitting on the go. $1 of each kit sale in July will also go to supporting Arctic conservation.

Funky Punky Gnomes are Here

Fresh off their Spring 2017 Disco Tour, the gnomes of Funky Fleece fame are ready to dance their way into your hands!

Not a pattern, but real physical inhabitants of Mochimochi Land, each gnome is hand knitted and needle felted by me (Anna) in Chicago, and each is stitched to his own personal sparkly felt disco tile for self-standing superpowers.

These guys are available in blind boxes, so you may get a mullet gnome, an afro gnome, or a mohawk gnome.

Find them in the shop for $25 each!

The Shop is Hopping

I’ve been happily surprised by just how many people are ordering kits for Mystery Kit May! I’ve run out of my regular mochi stickers, in fact, and am now shipping out packages with funky gnomes to greet the recipients.

I’ve also been knitting a bunch of these cotton-candy-haired little guys, and will be adding them to the shop soon too!

Don’t forget that all this month if you order two kits from the shop, you automatically get an all-new mystery kit for free with your order! (And if you order four kits, let me know what additional kit from my shop you would like for free.)

I hope everyone receiving packages is excited with what they find…

It’s Mystery Kit Time Again!

The mystery kit is back! Through May 31st, buy two kits from the Mochimochi Shop and you’ll automatically receive a mystery kit for free!

What is a mystery kit? It’s a kit containing the pattern, yarn, and stuffing for an all-new tiny design. This is a new intermediate-level pattern that’s not available anywhere else right now! You’ll just need a set of size 1 double-pointed needles and a tapestry needle to get started.

Please note that the mystery kit AUTOMATICALLY COMES FREE with a purchase of 2 kits (or 2 books, or one kit and one book) through May 31—there’s no need to add it to your cart.

Past mystery kits have included… 

Want a hint? This year’s mystery is a design that’s been requested countless times, a special animal that will point you to your destiny…

When you receive yours, please keep it hush-hush if you can, so we can preserve the mystery through the end of the month!

Yay New Website!

You may have noticed that mochimochiland.com has a new look! We were way overdue for a makeover—the last site redesign was way back in 2010! Before that, it looked something like this.

That was also back when I was designing cross stitch patterns! So we’ve come a long way.

One cool new feature I’d like to highlight in particular is the new community gallery, which features all the Instagram photos that you all have tagged #mochimochiland.

Also, in celebration of the new site, you can take 10% off all purchases from the shop with the code SAMEGREATTASTE through April 19th.

Also, there might be a few little kinks that we need to work out after the revamp, so thanks in advance for your patience and for getting in touch if you notice something awry.

A big thank you to Jenn Wong for making this website come true!

Introducing the Starter Mochis

Every time I spend a weekend at Vogue Knitting LIVE or any other event, a question I frequently get is Which of your patterns would you recommend for a total beginner? Up until now, my reply has been lengthy explanation about what kind of basic knitting project to try first, then what kind of circular pattern to try next, THEN a new knitter might be ready to tackle a Mochimochi Land project.

But now I have a better answer!

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I’m so excited to introduce my new series of Starter Mochis, beginner-friendly Mochimochi Land patterns that come with instructions for both flat and circular knitting.

While these aren’t appropriate for TOTAL beginners, if you know the basic stitches—knit and purl, plus increase and decrease stitches—the Starter Gnome, Starter Hedgehog, and Starter Unicorn are totally doable for you!

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Worsted-weight yarn is recommended for pocket-size mochis (and that’s what comes with the kits), but you can scale them up or down as you like.

Grab a kit and needles so that you’re all set with materials, or if you’re well stocked but finding it hard to choose just one project, the PDF collection gets you three patterns for the price of two!

I hope that these projects help more new knitters give toys a try, and maybe even jumpstart a (very positive) addiction.