With smaller needles, cast on 44 sts. Work in Garter st (k every row) for 1 1/2 in. (4 cm). Change to larger needles and continue to work in Garter st until piece measures 3 1/2 in. (9 cm) from beg.
Shape First Half of Mitt
Next Row: K16, sl rem 28 sts to a stitch holder; turn.
Working on 16 sts only, work even in Garter st for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
Shape Front Head
Row 1: Inc 1 st at each end of row - 18 sts.
Rows 2-4: Knit.
Row 5: Inc 1 st at each end of row - 20 sts.
Work even until piece measures 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) from beg.
Next Row: Decrease 1 st each end of row - 18 sts.
Next Row: Knit.
Row 1: K8, sl rem 10 sts to stitch holder; turn. Working on 8 sts only, work even in Garter st for 1 in. (2.5 cm).
Row 2: Inc 1 st at each end of row - 10 sts.
Rows 3-5: Knit.
Rows 4-11: K2tog, k to end of row - 2 sts.
Row 12: K2tog - 1 st. Fasten off.
Sl 10 sts from holder back to larger needle. Rejoin yarn, bind off 2 sts and knit to end. Work even in Garter st over rem 8 sts for 1 in. (2.5 cm). Rep Rows 2-12 for second ear.
Sl first 12 sts from st holder to a second holder for thumb. Rejoin yarn and work next 16 sts on larger needles same as Front Head.
Sl thumb sts to larger needle. Rejoin yarn and work in Garter st for 2 in. (5 cm).
Next Row:K2tog across row - 6 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long end, thread end through rem sts, pull tight and secure. With same end, sew thumb seam.
Sew on buttons for eyes and mouth. Lap button for nose slightly over mouth and sew on. With rust, embroider straight st whisker lines. Sew seam. Weave in ends
Following package instructions, make a small pompom. Trim ends. Sew fasten pompom to tip of thumb.
Weave in ends.