I am knitting animals. Not because I don't have enough right now (I have about three cats and two dogs too many---some days), but because they are just so fun to make. I found a pattern maker for some of these and love his work. Check out Alan Dart. ***Caution***these are not free patterns. There are some out there that are free, and once I figure out the basics of creating animal toys, I will try my hand and create a few of my own patterns. But for now, check out this amazing book that I can't afford. That's right, this out of print paperback starts at $129 on Amazon. So for now, I'll go to his website and study!
It's all in the details, folks.