It’s been removed until further notice.
I do not have the time right now for fixing the pattern myself, and I cannot deal with another “you ruined my child’s Christmas” email. People need to remember that the internet isn’t a wall. Speak the way you would speak in person. There’s a human being on the other side. I make mistakes like everyone else. The pattern was free. People are having wonderful successes with my other free patterns. This one’s simply been a knee in my back from day one, and I contemplated pulling it several times, but was asked not to by some. I should probably have listened to my heart instead.
Apologies to everyone. When I get the time, I will test knit the hat 2-3 times and re-write the pattern entirely.