Several weeks ago I knit a kitty toy that was a teddy bear. My kitty loves it and it's starting to show. I have the book Knits for Kitties by Sara Kellner. The patterns are well written with 25 patterns to choose from. This bear pattern is A Teddy Of His Own.
I paged through the book and landed on There's A Mouse In The House! Pulling some yarn from my old stash I cast on. After knitting the Teddy pattern I became very comfortable with fiddly double pointed needles. These patterns are great to use for skill building because your kitty won't complain if you make an error, at least mine won't.
Happy crafting and have a great day,