Super-Scary Mochimochi Preview: What-to-Werewolf

Time to start showing some stuff from my new book—I’ve been waiting so long for this!!

It’s really hard to choose which scary mochi to start with, but I have a lot to say about this guy…


Meet What-to-Werewolf! He’s a teen werewolf who improvised a costume for those waxing and waning nights when he still wants to be on the prowl.

His wolf hoodie is completely removable, revealing an otherwise ordinary boy.


Teeny-tiny people notwithstanding, I rarely knit human dolls, so this guy’s special for that reason alone. It’s even more rare that I knit separate clothes for dolls, so that made this project extra fun.

And let’s talk about that mirror photo! It was one of the most difficult we had to shoot—it turns out that doing a mirror shot and making it look like it’s in a miniature bedroom is tricky! Thankfully my photographer Brandi Simons had worked with me on my previous two books, and she knows how to create just the right environments around my toys.

First we had to find the right size and shape of mirror. That wasn’t too hard, but once it was photographed, the black-framed locker mirror looked just like an iPad. So to make it more mirror-like, Brandi tinted the frame brown and sharpened up the rounded corners in Photoshop. We also needed some miniature versions of stuff that a teenage werewolf would have in his room, and we ended up going with a combination of random little stuff (thank you, Wal-mart cheap party favor section) and things we printed out for mirror decor.

Here’s the photo again, annotated:


It was a huge relief when everything came together, thanks to Brandi. I feel so lucky to get to work with such a crafty photographer. I hope come September some of you will be knitting and photographing your own What-to-Werewolves!

Super-Scary Mochimochi is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Starting September 18th, it will be in local yarn stores throughout the US, and signed copies will be available from the Mochimochi Shop too.


More Super-Scary previews are on their way in the coming months, so stay tuned!

23 thoughts on “Super-Scary Mochimochi Preview: What-to-Werewolf

  1. Oh my goodness. I can not wait for this book to come out! I love the were-wolf. Oh my. the cuteness! You and Brandi did an awesome job on the mirror shot! I am not surprised though! :) Looking forward to more previews! Let me know if you need a test knitter! :)

  2. I was already super excited for this book, but now….this is such an awesome idea Anna!!
    I can’t wait for this book to come out. Don’t know how you come up with all these wonderful things to knit. :)

  3. I’m soooo excited for your new book! Perfect timing for the release date with fall around the corner too!

  4. I can not wait for the book. I’ve been showing all my friends, knitter and non-knitters, the cover. Now I have something new to show them. Amazing work!

  5. The what-to-werewolf pattern is sooooo creative, I can’t wait to get my own copy!

  6. That is awesome! I wonder how your pattern for your miniperson compares to my freeformed slightly less miniperson. It’s always interesting to see how different people solve the same knitting problems!

  7. Quick question, if I want to buy the book from your shop do you ship to Canada for that? I know I saw you mention it once before but I can’t find it. Thanks. :)

  8. Thanks everyone! The weirdest thing about writing a book is that it was over a year ago that I designed this pattern, and I had to wait this whole time before I could show it to anyone! It’s so nice to finally reveal it.

    Joan – I ship to everywhere, so you can certainly order from Canada!

  9. Eek, I’m so excited! Plus, I’m having a hard time believing that I really didn’t help test out ANY of these patterns. I feel like I have a lot to catch up on.

    Speaking of which, the current test is still in progress! Sorry for the serious hold up- I had to get bigger eyes, which were surprisingly difficult to find. Now I’m back on track and almost done, I promise!

  10. That is just adorable! If you messed up your colour choices on this one he’d fast become a What-NOT-to-Werewolf. (yes, I’m lame and watch bad television)

  11. Ooh, LOVE! But who is my favorite cover model? The conjoined monster or the green fanged one???? Which niece or nephew gets the first one? Will I give up any? So many questions.

  12. Okay now this…. has got to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my whole entire life. That’s really cool

  13. Well…I showed this to my son Who is 5 and he is in love! Great pattern! He is so excited!! Nobody has made an awesome wolf pattern, yet as usual, you do!

  14. This seems to be for sale on UK amazon already, is that right? I thought the release wasn’t until next month.

  15. Emma, maybe it’s available for pre-order from Amazon UK? I heard that the UK release date is actually in October.

  16. So excited for this book!!!! Just had a little boy who *needs* more knitted toys, really!

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