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Hey Tiger, it’s a new year!

Happy New Year! I gave this one a very slow start as things have been crazy and I’m mostly taking it day-to-day so far. I imagine many people are feeling this way! Anyway, whatever day it is, it’s a good day for knitting something tiny and cute, so let’s knit tiny tigers together for the year of the tiger!

Just looking at these little guys, with their peppy stripes and friendly face fuzz, makes me happy. It’s a quick pattern that uses stranded color knitting, I-cord, and a smidge of picked up stitches for the tail. Great for yarn scraps, or I also have a kit that makes two yellow tigers, one for you and one for a friend!

I have Yuri from Eylul yarns in Osaka, Japan, to thank for motivating me to make this pattern. I spent one new year in Japan when I was an exchange student (many years ago now!), and it was such a wonderful time of family and friends and fancy foods and wishes for the new year.

As for this design, I think this is the first time I’ve gone with this sort of side-facing look for the face—it’s something I’ve been doing in clay for a while, actually, and it only recently occurred to me to try it in knitting.

I like how you get to see the full face and body at the same time! It’s very illustrative, and although I’m not an illustrator, I’m trying to open my eyes more to the shapes and patterns that illustration can inspire.

Anyway, I hope you love the pattern, and I hope we all have many good things ahead in 2022!

Oh, and you can take 22% off most everything in my shop right now with the code HappyNewRawr!

Goodnight Mice

As you may have heard, the 2021 Mochimochi Land holiday pattern is here!

Goodnight Mice are sleepy little creatures who just want to curl up and forget about the holidays, and the world in general. Sounds nice, right?

The mice are quick enough that you can make a few for gifts and even knit them little stockings or sleeping bags to nestle into. Or just make one for yourself and call it a day!

I like my holiday knitting to be as simple as possible, so I aimed to design a mouse that had some shaping to the face without using short rows. (I love the effect of short rows and I’ve been using them a lot lately, but they do require a little dexterity and paying a bit more attention to where you are for a few rows.) That was also motivation for me to learn a new (to me) sock heel technique, the afterthought heel. It uses waste yarn, a smidge of picking up stitches, and grafting (which also takes a little focus, but in this case it’s a small number of stitches).

But my main challenge with this project turned out to be designing a creature that didn’t look like a koala!

My lovely mother-in-law, Bonney Teti, has an eye for such things, and she gave me several rounds of feedback as I was working out the design. Then she became the first pattern tester, so she deserves a lot of credit! By the way, Bonney has a really fun podcast that she does with her son (my husband), John. Check it out!

Once I had a draft of the pattern, my sharp-eyed tech editor, Marilyn Passmore, got it into shape, as she’s been doing with all of my patterns for a long time. Marilyn is just the best!

A few days past the initial pattern launch, I’ve been delighted by how many of you have already downloaded Goodnight Mice for yourselves—thank you! And some VERY cute mice have already been popping up on Instagram and Ravelry, YAY!

Whether or not your holiday plans include these mice, I hope you skip the stress and find the fun as much as possible, and GET SOME SLEEP!

Thank you for helping us help refugees 

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With your purchases of Sugarplum Fairies and other patterns in November, we raised $210 for refugees who are resettling in Chicago—and we matched that to donate $420 to Refugee One, an organization that’s helping people from Afghanistan and other countries resettle in the Chicago area.

Visit the Refugee One website to learn more about what they’re doing and how you can help refugees in your area. Thank you! 

Pattern sales supporting refugees

Update: Thank you for helping us raise $210, which we matched for a total of $420, for refugees!

While some of us are stressing over who is and isn’t “knitworthy” this time of year, others are starting completely over in a new country. I’ve been reading about the needs of newly arrived refugees in the Chicago area—it’s everything from furniture to English classes to food support.

For the month November, all proceeds from sales of my Homely and Hut pattern, Tiny Thanksgiving patterns, and Tiny Sugarplum Fairies pattern will go to support refugees who are resetting in the Chicago area. (Purchases of these patterns from both the Mochimochi Shop and my Ravelry Shop apply.)

And if you can, I hope you’ll support a resettlement organization in your area. (Here’s a list of organizations working in many states in the US.)

Introducing Tori the Tiny Triceratops

She’s cute, she’s Cretaceous, she’s Tori the Tiny Triceratops—ready to be knit by you! Tori is all about flaunting her crest and living the vegetarian lifestyle, and her pattern is all about using yarnovers for simplicity and elegance: yarnover holes guide you in foot and horn placement, and the crest is a picot pop that completes her perfectly prehistoric look.

Tori’s pattern is available exclusively in the Knitrino app, which you can get in your favorite app store. It’s an interactive pattern with charts, photos, and video! Right now you can also purchase a kit for Tori that includes gorgeous Hand Dyed Diva yarn, plus sign up for a virtual dinosaur workshop with me on December 5th!

If you haven’t used Knitrino before, definitely give it a try—it’s intuitive to use and comes with a fun and very welcoming community. And it’s the most portable way to knit patterns on the go—especially tiny ones! It doesn’t hurt that Knitrino’s creators, sisters Andrea and Alison, are just the best people you could meet.

I personally LOVE this pattern, and I have a feeling that, once you knit a Tori, you will want to knit more(-y), and more(-y)!

Knit gnomes and alpaca with me on December 10th!

I’m returning to Virtual Knitting LIVE next month with some popular classes on December 10th! Come join me in knitting gnomes or alpaca… or both!

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Knit a Tiny Gnome
In this two-hour class, we’ll cover intermediate techniques used in my tiny gnome pattern: joining I-cord legs, knitting with 2, 3, and 4 double-pointed needles, switching colors, attaching I-cord arms, and embroidery tips. Your gnome can be clothed or gnaked—your choice!

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Short Rows in Toy Knitting: Tiny Alpaca

Learn to tackle more advanced knitted toys with wrap & turn short rows! We’ll discuss this technique as it applies to toys and get started on knitting a tiny alpaca that incorporates it. In addition to short rows, we’ll cover picking up stitches, I-cord limbs, and face embroidery. By the end of the class you’ll be on your way to finishing your first alpaca, probably with whole herd to follow!

Technique Requirements: Circular knitting

👉 See the Vogue Knitting LIVE website for more info and registration! (Classes are listed under my name, Anna Hrachovec.)