Here's a pattern I printed up awhile ago and bought the yarn sometime last year with the original idea to make one of these for my daughter and another for my niece for .... last Christmas!!!
And then, I had the yarn sitting on my nightstand for months waiting for the right moment to start, especially because the beginning was something like, chain 89, which I knew would take me some time to do. I have a harder time with crochet and figuring out what goes in which stitch.
Nevertheless, I finally started the pattern a few weeks ago and finished, actually fairly quickly - in about a month. And the result - its still quite big for my 7 year old - so it will have to wait until at least next Spring to get worn... That should give me enough time to put a button on it :)