I knit a panda puppet for a friend’s new baby, using a pattern from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson. My son loved it, so I made another one using the colors for the Disney character, Special Agent Oso, his favorite.
Notes- when improvising a pattern- WRITE IT DOWN. I should have been writing it down as I went. Also, I need to read up on knitting colorwork. In order to avoid huge snarls and shrinking your work, you need to carry the unused yarn along the back of the work consistently.
My son doesn’t mind my mistakes, he loves his puppet. As Special Agent Oso says, “It’s all part of the plan… more or less!”