One of the really neat things about the internet is that I can now discover all the ways in which my cheerful obsession with insects intersects with the happy obsessions of others.

Today’s example: Knitted insects.

My grandmother tried–HARD–to make me into a proper girl and teach me to knit.

I sucked at it utterly.

So I’m especially amazed and jealous of Hansi’s skills to make amazingly cute mantids.

Perhaps if I had learned on this pattern, rather than focusing on booties and hot pads, I might have learned better…….

For those of you that do knit, there are patterns for sale at Hansi’s Etsy shop.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Oh that is too cute!

    Dang, I may have to get past the cast-on and knit stages and finally learn to perl … (in my voluminous free time, hah!)


  2. Her whole shop is awesome. If only I could knit. I love the amount of invertebrates she has… and the elephant. It’s cute too.

  3. Wow! Even if I do knit, my knitting doesn’t even count as knitting compared to this. Amazing. (Excuse me for saying that for some reason I feel a bit itchy…)

  4. Very cool! I was sent by Doug T. since he knows I’m a closet knitter. I will have to share this with my knitting circle.

  5. Hey, why a closet knitter? I know a lot of folks that knit, and say it’s very relaxing.

    Of course, I don’t find it relaxing at all–more like hair-pulling frustration. But that’s me :)

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