This was done as a animal pillow for my granddaughter. She loves carrying her stuffed animals around with her and especially when she goes on a trip and falls asleep in the car.
Different yarns and different weights will cause your pillow to either be smaller or larger.
I do not suggest this pattern for a child younger than 4 or 5 as any younger and they might pull the batting from between the stitches.
gauge is not important. the size of the pillow will be determined by the yarn weight and needle size
I have been crafting for almost 50 years, which includes knitting, crocheting and sewing. Any craft I can do with my hands has given me joy. I have always played with designing even as a child, but have seriously devoted time to knit design the last 5 years. I knit and sew for my 3 children (now grown) and my 5 grandchildren.