As you know, I've tried a number of toy patterns since Ellie was born. I've been hoping to find one that was quick but gave results that I could comfortably and proudly give away as gifts to little ones. I always found something to criticize in the earlier efforts, either in the pattern or in my execution. But this pattern, from fuzzymitten.com, may be what just I'm looking for.
I rushed through this one -- used a yarn I probably won't again (Wool-Ease), inexplicably picked up 7s when the pattern calls for 6s, tried my own thing with the nose, didn't like it, tried to remove it and ended up leaving the cropped floss-ends as the nose...but Ellie and I both love it. When I actually do it up right,
my extra efforts will render it hideous, I'm going to make a million of them and give them to all the children I know (with embroidered eyes for safety for the littlest ones, of course). The pattern is very clear and not terribly fiddly. There are clothes patterns for these guys, too! I'm really pleased with the whole shebang.