I'm making a very special ninja this afternoon... and with each stitch, I'm getting more annoyed.

See, here's the deal. My friend's daughter went as a ninja for Halloween. This kid ROCKED the ninja. She had the pose... the fighting eyes... everything.

But she felt awkward about it and the whole thing chipped at her self esteem... because "girls aren't supposed to be ninjas."

This is not the way it's supposed to be, folks. Kids are just that -- kids. And while they're kids, they should be allowed to try on any hat they like -- especially on Halloween. Girls can be ninjas. Boys can be nurses (in fact, my brother is a nurse in real life!). Be constructions workers... try out that ballerina... this is the time to discover -- am I right?

So here's the thing. I'm making up one of my ninja girl dolls for my friend's daughter. It's going to have brownish-blondish braids just like her. And it's going to ROCK. But as I sit here stitching, I'm reminded that my friend's daughter wasn't the only girl ninja this Halloween. So, in honor of that amazing young lady (who not only rocked being a ninja -- but also rocked the whole courage thing) I'm giving my ninja pattern away free for the entire month of November.

I'm doing the free pattern right here from my blog as well as on Ravelry. Just click the button below to get it.

In addition to that, I think we'll have a little contest. What do you guys say? Come join me on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/theitsybitsyspider) and share your photos of your finished ninjas (especially the girl ones). If you don't do Facebook, you can also email me your ninja pictures and I'll share them anonymously (ibscrochet@gmail.com). Who's in? Let's show my friend's daughter (and all the other amazing girls out there) the biggest army of ninjas she's ever seen!


  1. Please tell the dear girl that there were indeed female ninjas back in the days and she should be proud of herself!! I bet she looked (and acted/posed) fantastic! Here's a great big BOO to the kids (or adults) who would make her feel otherwise :(

    Thank you for your generosity with the freebie pattern - I still need to learn to crochet but I got the file and hoping that one day I will be able to make sense of crochet/knitting instructions =D

    1. Thank you, Deuxanges -- I know that my friend is following this post and will enjoy seeing your comment and sharing it with her daughter!

  2. My granddaughter was a ninja too....only she had purple fairy wings attached. LOL She said she was a ninja fairy and could get all of the bad guys! So tell you friends daughter that girls can rock anything they want.