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happyshineypeople
09-23-2007, 09:59 PM
Hi there! First time poster, long-time (sporadic) lurker.

I want to make my almost-16 yo niece's Christmas gift this year. It has to be fairly quick and not involve miles upon miles of garter or stockinette (lest I die of boredom midway through the project).

The problem is, I'm not sure what kids like these days. (Man, I feel old. I'm only 36!)

I was thinking along the lines of a nice scarf and/or bag or .... ?? Maybe a cell phone or ipod holder? Are those "teen-girl-friendly" or would they be about as well-received as the bunny pajamas from the "Christmas Story" movie? What are the cool colors these days for teens?

The young lady in question is very smart, artistic and funky in her own way. She wears mostly dark colors, doesn't seem overly into fashion or make-up and, well, I love her and want her to have a wonderful, handknit gift this year.

So... that's that. Thoughts? Ideas?

Thanks in advance :)

mrslevite
09-23-2007, 10:35 PM
I'm making Silver's Palindrome scarf (http://www.cometosilver.com/patterns/palindrome.htm) in SWS natural blue for my almost 19 yo daughter.

For my 17 yo who is a little more free-style, free-spirit, artsy type, I'm spinning yarn on a drop spindle that I'm thinking I'll dye pink and purple maybe and make her a scarf or a hat - depending on how much yarn I can manage to spin. :roll:

Riss
09-23-2007, 11:03 PM
I think a scarf would be a wonderful gift. I just finished making this beautiful scarf...

http://oceanwindknits.ca/sectionpage2.asp?id=24&blog=Free%20Patterns

It had just enough of a change to keep me interested. :)

beckyrhae
09-23-2007, 11:26 PM
Hi there! First time poster, long-time (sporadic) lurker.

I want to make my almost-16 yo niece's Christmas gift this year. It has to be fairly quick and not involve miles upon miles of garter or stockinette (lest I die of boredom midway through the project).

The problem is, I'm not sure what kids like these days. (Man, I feel old. I'm only 36!)

I was thinking along the lines of a nice scarf and/or bag or .... ?? Maybe a cell phone or ipod holder? Are those "teen-girl-friendly" or would they be about as well-received as the bunny pajamas from the "Christmas Story" movie? What are the cool colors these days for teens?

The young lady in question is very smart, artistic and funky in her own way. She wears mostly dark colors, doesn't seem overly into fashion or make-up and, well, I love her and want her to have a wonderful, handknit gift this year.

So... that's that. Thoughts? Ideas?

Thanks in advance :)

Well... my daughter is 16, she is smart, very artistic and very funky cool. She wears mostly black but she is liking bright colors more and more these days.

I have made hats for her and several scarves. Her favorite scarf is red and I made it with about 10 different red yarns that were leftovers in my stash. She prefers the very skinny, very long scarves.

Hope this helps a little. (and if she is artistic and smart, she will love anything her aunt makes just for her!)

Sunny_Singer
09-24-2007, 12:22 AM
My daughters are 22 and 19.
As teens... one would have loved a hand knit scarf, the other would have spurned it.
One would have thrilled at a hand knit cell phone or ipod/mp3 case and the other would have been disgusted.

I think the key would first to think about the personality of the teen, where she lives - *someone in Florida, USA probably wouldn't have much use for a scarf* for example

Bernat has these cool "black lite" colors. I was in WalMart tonight, and found a group of teen girls trying to come up with a way to use these yarns. It was fairly obvious none of them knitted or crocheted, but I did give them some tips (picture frames, dressing up a belt, decorating a mirror, and a few others). One jotted notes on scrap paper, and all 5 bought some of the yarns.

I don't know if it will help but if girls that age chose it for themselves, I figured it couldn't hurt.

I don't recall where I found it, possibly www.lionbrand.com but there was a skinny scarf, that was intended for inside wear, like to dress up a sweater or pull over shirt. It was knit in fun yarns or fake fur, which might be something a teen would like.

Good luck.

Sunny

rebecca
09-24-2007, 12:37 AM
My youngest is 22, she still loves very, very long scarves. She LOVES these fuzzy dice (http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_5192947,00.html) and I have a list of kids that one some, too. iPod/cell phone cases are always a big hit, too.

Brandilyne
09-24-2007, 10:24 AM
My little sister is 21 and I made her the Dream Swatch (hair wrap/scarf/belt) for her birthday. She's kinda girly though :)

Have you seen the cute felted sushi wallet (http://www.supercrafty.com/knittingkits.html)? If she's kinda funky and artsy, maybe she would like that?

Another option would be a Booga Bag, maybe in darker shades? My sister wants a felted bag for Christmas, more of a low slung smaller version though.

You mentioned that she was athletic, is she involved in school sports? Is she the type to wear school colors?

I bet she would also like cool stripey socks :) You could do a basic ribbed cuff version using funky colored yarn! Those wouldn't take too long. Or maybe some fun fingerless gloves? Ooooh, I saw some cute knit boxer shorts in a book I have at home. I bet she would love those!

knitgal
09-24-2007, 10:45 AM
I'm 21 and I have a hard time finding patterns that I would like to knit for myself, let alone finding one to knit for someone else! Have you looked at anything in the Stitch and Bitch books? There are some very cute and very cool teen friendly projects and I don't think any of them would take very long. I think a scarf is a safe bet if you make it in a colour she likes. The palindrome scarf would be fun and interesting to knit and I think she's probably like it. The other option would be to give her a coupon for anything knitted and you could let her pick a pattern and the yarn. That's a good last resort I guess!

debinoz
09-24-2007, 10:55 AM
My 15 yo wouldn't wear anything I made her. Period. My 13 yo dresses goth and will wear anything I make as long as it's black or mostly black.

WandaT
09-24-2007, 11:04 AM
Well my almost 18 yo (in 3 weeks! YIKES!) loves the scarves I make her, but doesn't wear them often. I just crocheted a couple of purses for her that she loves. She picked out the patterns, colors, etc. I plan to make her a felted purse out of some self striping yarn for Christmas. She loves the felted tote I just finished (well almost - still working on the lining) for myself. I may do a felted wallet, change purse or something to match the purse. She would probably love an ipod cozy as well. They're all different. Some of my daughter's friends wear hats and would love one - she doesn't and would never wear it. You'll just have to think about her personality and go from there.

happyshineypeople
09-24-2007, 11:15 AM
Y'all came through for me. Thank you so much for all these ideas!

happyshineypeople
09-24-2007, 11:20 AM
Mrs Levite - the colors you chose for the Palindrome scarf are just lovely. I may have to copy you :)

mrslevite
09-24-2007, 11:27 AM
Mrs Levite - the colors you chose for the Palindrome scarf are just lovely. I may have to copy you :)Thank you and please feel free to copy!

However . . . I wasn't going to be too particular about the striping and only bought three skeins of the same dye lot. After getting not too far into the first skein, I discovered that the yarn was tied and not in a place that continued the striping - big glaring (to me, anyway) line showing the change rather than the smoother, more gradual color change. Then I realized that lightest beiges were not the same between the first bit of yarn and the rest of it that was tied on. Being me, I just continued on knitting, knowing that only another knitter (or crafter/artist) will ever notice and then only on closer inspection than most people should be giving it. But if the colors and striping do concern you, I recommend following Silver's example and purchasing 5 skeins so you can get the proper striping.

weni168
02-24-2011, 02:53 AM
I just finished making this beautiful scarf

Breezed
02-24-2011, 09:32 AM
Teens right now, at least where I am at, tend to like anime, vampires, and zombies... check out ravelry or other sites for toy patterns. Not toys for little kids of course, but larger, trendy types. I know teens that are into video games like me and they love the knit/crochet version of their favorite game characters. Sack Boy from Little Big Planet for example...my ex-bf's mom made us each one and we loved them and we were way too old for "dolls" and most of our friends wanted them too.

hookedonknitting
02-24-2011, 06:18 PM
How about some leg warmers? they seem to be all the rage right now with the return of the 80's.

MosaicTree
03-02-2011, 06:15 AM
Hi there. I make iPod and mobile phone covers - check out www.folksy.com/shops/MosaicTree for ideas. These seem to go down well with teenagers but I wouldn't want to advise on colour - I've just done my teenage son a rastafarian redgold/green/black for his birthday. If you want any tips number of stitches for each one, please get in touch as I'm more than happy to advise.

Cheers
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