Anna Hrachovec is a Chicago-based designer and artist who combines her passions for knitting and characters to create toys, installations and animations that excite people of all ages. What started out as Anna’s hobby in 2007 has over the years grown into a huge imaginary realm called Mochimochi Land – where a cast of creatures of all sizes and types play, fight and occasionally eat each other.

Anna divides her time between designing patterns that she shares with an enthusiastic crafting audience and creating knitted pieces for exhibitions and commercial projects. Her character-based soft sculptures and installations have been exhibited in galleries around the US, Europe and Asia.

In 2013 and 2014, her creations were featured in animated holiday network IDs on Nickelodeon. Anna has written five books about knitting toys, the newest of which is Adventures in Mochimochi Land, a combination storybook and pattern book.