My first three favorite tapes to watch as a little kid would definitely be Tonari no Totoro, Panda Kopanda, and Pingu. (Hi Carlos. Am I missing any?) So I was thrilled when I found this amigurumi pattern by heavens_hellcat. Easy! And her finished product is, well, awesome:

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And my progress:

totoro body

I haven’t worked on this since the summer, but it’s not far from completion and I’m already tempted to make another. The yarn is some KP Shine Sport which is pretty great for amigurumi if you don’t mind the bit of shine. I don’t remember which hook I was using. The eyes and one “ear” are also completed.