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Oct 14, 2013 09:47:03   #
My niece turns six in December and every year I crochet her birthday gift.
I am stumped for something for this year.

Last year I crocheted a whole house full of furniture for her barbie dolls and the year before I made plates full of crocheted food. For DJ's second and third birthdays, I crocheted toys.

At the moment DJ has so many toys that I am loathe to make anymore, and clothing is difficult because she is growing so fast. The child is only going to be 6 but she looks like she's 8 already.

DJ's father is 6'4" (and so are all the men in his family. His female relatives are not short either for that matter!) and unfortunately has passed these "tall" genes to his daughter.

Edited to add that DJ is a very girly girl.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.
Oct 14, 2013 09:50:10   #
What about an Afghan/Throw for her bed to match her bedroom colours.
Oct 14, 2013 09:50:32   #
There are some great Kids cowls out there for the upcoming cold weather! Or mittens...or a blanket to snuggle up with...My kids all have their own blanket and we went to the store and picked up the yarn together - it was their choice! A first step when teaching them to knit! A gift you can give her maybe next year or the year after if she is interested/ready to learn! :) Blessings, Julie
Oct 14, 2013 09:56:39   #
How about a muff to keep her hands warm for a number of years?
Oct 14, 2013 09:56:48   #
a fringy vest would be cute and could be wearable over some growth
Oct 14, 2013 09:58:32   #
A poncho or cape might work well since size isn't so crucial.
Oct 14, 2013 09:58:37   #
I have crocheted my granddaughters ponchos with matching beanie hats decorated with a flower and they love them so do their friends
Oct 14, 2013 10:00:18   #
Oh wow, thanks for the quick replies.

Cheryl, I thought about an afghan, but unfortunately I will never get one done in time before her birthday. I'm busy on an afghan for someone else (an already paid for order).
I do like that idea tho'. I have some nice patterns and I know DJ loves pink and purple.

Julie, also some great suggestions but I will have to work those for next year as well. I forgot to mention that we are going into summer here and have reached some pretty terrifying temperatures already!
Oct 14, 2013 10:01:02   #
a hat and mittens
warm vest,
doll clothing,
cute pillow for her bed,
cute purse,
Oct 14, 2013 10:02:18   #
wwrightson wrote:
A poncho or cape might work well since size isn't so crucial.

This was going to be my suggestion as well - these items will fit for many years.
I would make a rib collar in the round - K2 P2 rib or brioche stitch - both stretchable - then once that is long enough begin the poncho in crochet increasing only in the front and back for the desired length - up to the wrist - then as she grows it can even last her till it fits up to just under the elbows.
Oct 14, 2013 10:02:44   #
What about a handbag in her favourite colours
Oct 14, 2013 10:06:06   #
you crochet so why not pick her favorite princess and do a throw with a picture of the princess in the middle of it?? Or try a filet crochet sampler with her favorite things incorporated into it..
these aren't what I was thinking but you could get some idea here.. I wish you the best of luck.. its only going to get harder as she gets older...
You might want to make a folder on your desktop so whenever you see something that you think she would like you can pop it in there and then when the time comes you will have a lot of really nice patterns to choose from.. just an idea. :)
Oct 14, 2013 10:06:26   #
Thanks everyone. I like the fringy vest and poncho ideas. The muff would also have to be a later project.

In all my web surfing for ideas I found an openwork vest pattern to fit an 8 year old which might work if I use a smaller hook and thinner wool.

Someone here at KP posted a beautiful tutorial for an unusual honeycomb pattern which could work nicely for a poncho. We do get the odd cool day in summer and DJ could wear it without getting too hot
Oct 14, 2013 10:07:32   #
My six and eight year old granddaughters have ordered scarfs, hats and leg warmers in their school colors for Christmas. Any one or all of those would be quick knits and the kids now adays like to take part in their school pride. Hope that helps with your dilemma.
Oct 14, 2013 10:16:04   #
I never thought about a handbag. That's an idea worth looking into. DJ loves to dress up when they go out, even if it's just to do the grocery shopping.

DJ does have a couple of "cloth body" baby dolls but she rarely plays with them. I could make some fancy clothing for them and then she could arrange them nicely on the little chair next to her bed.

Ronie, I like that idea of a throw with her favourite princess. DJ is into Dora the explorer or whatever so I would have to substitute that. I'm not a big of filet tho'.
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