Knitting animals as toys or for display is a lot of fun, and they make great gifts for people of all ages. Last summer I made two sets of teddy bears for my daughter’s teacher who had her second set of twins – two boys and two girls! Even if you don’t have a group of little ones to hang out with, these fun little projects are a great hideaway busting and fun to donate. This baby elephant from Clare Garland (Ravelry) is super cute, and his tiny little one makes him look more like a cute little baby. A Lion Brand Yarn Knitted Lion (of course!) would be cute to knit for a nursery or to give to an animal-loving kid. DotPebblesKnits features a really realistic looking cat pattern (Etsy) that would be fun to introduce to someone who loves cats but can’t live, or just because the teddy bears they made out of a pattern by Little Cotton Rabbits, who have lots of adorable little animals with knitted clothing sets. I love her little dog in dress style too (Etsy). It’s hard to tell by picture but this knit octopus from Yarnspirations isn’t really a small project. Worked in Bernat Blanket using 10.5-inch knitting needles, the head is approximately 12 inches long and 15 inches in diameter, with claws 18 inches long. Super fun and probably my favorite (although they are all my favorite when I look at them!) is this sweet little duck from Knit Picks. Designed by Barbara McIntyre, it’s 7 inches high and only uses about 80 yards of thread, so it’s a great last minute project when a young one comes to visit.