I was going to wait until next week to post, but since I'm going to be away for several days beginning tomorrow, this will give you more time to weigh in.
There are many things I'd like to knit for a small girl, and of course the internet is filthy with ideas, so here are some things to start us off.
Firstly, two designs from Knitty. Reid is a lace-patterned cardigan with a crocheted edge: quite cute I think:
and Boo is absolutely fun and completely gorgeous - I think in real life it would be a WOW piece:
I also quite like the Pinwheel Sweater from Shelley Mackie, winner of the Elann design contest a couple of years ago:
There is Drifting, a beautiful stranded pullover from Inspired Fair Isle Knits:
and lastly, representing texture and quality, Secret Garden from Jade Starmore.
Some stats for your interest...
1. Reid - knit in Patons Grace 100% mercerised cotton, yarn cost approximately $25
2. Boo - knit in Noro Silk Garden 45% silk 45% mohair, 10% wool, yarn cost approximately $70
3. Pinwheel - knit in Elann's Peruvian Highland 100% wool, yarn cost unknown as pattern temporarily unavailable, while elann.com does maintenance...I would guess at about $45
4. Drifting - knit in DK weight superwash wool, yarn cost approximately $50
5.Secret Garden - knit in Alice Starmore Hebridean 3-ply 100% wool, yarn cost approximately $70
So - a little poll for your asses? (Thank you Bethro)