This is my first knitted toy. I am so pleased with the result. Teddy is an excellent shape and the instructions are fantastic. The videos for the construction were invaluable. The increases and decreases do need to be worked quite tight and the tension monitored more closely than when knitting a garment as every stitch shows. (No reading while knitting for this one). I changed his arms for the Knit a Teddy rabbit arms as liked the contrast paws better.
Debbie Bliss Rialto is DK a beautiful yarn to work with but the pattern does use every centimetre of the main colour - I would probably have run out had I not changed his paws, but I do always leave long sewing up tails.
I used Addi Fixed Laced Circular Needles; not because the pattern required them but because the work can relax on the cable between sessions and the stitches are safe from falling off. These have a slim point; great for working at this tension.
I am now making another as I don't think I can part with him.