Well nuts - I'm thinking this special request Christmas gift (for someone who doesn't read the blog AND isn't on Facebook) is running a bit snug. I made several changes to the pattern because it warns (and commenters confirmed) that it was super sized. Having made that before, I wanted this hat scaled down. It's actually an extension of the pattern I used before - someone took it and released a hat pattern, but based on all the feedback I dropped a tall section between the ribbing and the start of the deer feet, I went down several needle sizes, AND after trying it a few times with the original four repeats of the pattern,I dropped down to three repeats.
It seemed like it was going great - a hair snug, but you want that with a hat. We'll see what happens when I block it - that should relax it and stretch it out a little.
I'm really liking the color combination - the blue is Malard, and u believe the light color is Light Silver? Both in Cascade 220.
I just finished the top of the deer antlers. I'll continue with the starry sky and then there's a decreasing spotted pattern to top off the head. Fingers crossed!