Of all the things I’ve knitted I never thought a Tiny Alpaca would make it onto my list of finished projects. The key word there is TINY. This guy, now affectionately named Peanut, is a little under 2-inches tall.
Peanut is part of a MochiMochi Land kit, and was designed by Anna Hrachovec whom has created a ton of fun critters. She has listed her design influences as Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Dr. Suess. If you’re a 80/90s kid like me, you really can’t go wrong there.
This is my first go at a kit, and my first attempt at knitting an animal, and I survived! Well, the first one of the two alpacas this kit will make has been made. Peanut’s brother Cashew is still sitting on bobbins waiting to be worked up.
So what do you need to get these little guys going?
Besides the kit, you’ll need (4) size 1 double-pointed needles and a tapestry needle, and quite possibly some glasses. There is a lot going on with these little guys and squinting causes wrinkles so a pair of readers will probably go a long way.
A firm intermediate because of the tiny size. This pattern requires short rows in a few places to form the neck and head. Also the size may create a little frustration knitting 2 stitches together in a couple of places. Overall if you have had experience with short rows, and feel pretty confident with them you’re good to go.
As small as he is, Peanut took a solid four hours to knit, and assemble, while hanging out with the knitting group on a Saturday afternoon. With no distractions, he would probably take about three.
I will happily make Cashew (Alpaca 2) when I have some downtime in the evenings this week, and I would love to knit a few more MochiMochi Land patterns in the future to give to friends at random. I’m eyeballing her gnomes. The pattern was well written, there was no question as to where I was supposed to be when, and the kit itself is simply packaged and well put together. I think a giant alpaca may be in order once I get around to seeing if I have any chunky yarn in my stash.