NOTE: This listing is for the purchase of the pattern ONLY, not the actual finished item. You will be receiving a digital download of instructions on how to make your own. Patterns are a final sale, due to their digital nature they cannot be returned or refunded. Patterns are written in English only.When you have purchased a digital pattern you will receive an instant prompt for download of the files purchased. You should also receive an email with the link for download moments after payment has cleared. The email will automatically be sent to the address you have on file with Etsy. You can also check your purchases section on Etsy for the same download link.This hat is a quick knit on US Size 11 needles with Super Bulky yarn. The oversized style is fun and super slouchy and very warm!This pattern is a great way to learn some new cast on and bind off techniques. I would consider this pattern to be intermediate, but it is actually quite simple once you've practiced these new skills on some scrap yarn. The knitting itself is all garter stitch with short rows, the hat is knit on its side and then seamed together. Don't let these new skills intimidate you, they are quick to learn.This pattern begins with a provisional cast on. A provisional cast on is used so that there will be live stitches on both sides of the work at the end. These live stitches will be kitchener stitched or grafted together to form an invisible seam. The provisional cast on is not at all difficult to learn.A tutorial can be found herehttp://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=48or, if you are a visual learner like me, try this youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3J-sUx_whEThe hat is knit in long wedges made of short rows. If you are unfamiliar with short rows, it is a technique used to create shaping in a garment by turning the work and knitting in the other direction mid row. It is a little unnerving to begin with, but once you understand how a wedge is created, the pattern moves along quite quickly, as it is comprised of only the knit stitch.To learn the kitchener stitch to seam the hat together, try this tutorial ..it's not difficult either. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/FEATtheresasum04.htmlIn the end, if you decide these new skills are just too much, don't despair! You can still knit this hat, I have included instructions for you as well!© 2009 Pixiebell Elfinwear, all rights reserved. This original design pattern is property of Pixiebell Elfinwear. The written pattern is for personal use only. Please do not redistribute, transfer or sell the pattern or images, in part or in whole.Enter Our Handmade Knitwear and Pattern Store To See More: http://pixiebell.etsy.comPhotography by Cassidy Kristiansen Photography http://www.cassidykristiansen.com/Every item in this shop is designed and knit or crocheted by Christopher and Diane Serviss. We do not outsource to factories. All items are made by our two (well.. four) hands!