That's really cool! I downloaded the pattern and I'm looking it over, but I have one question (right now. I'll have a lot more questions later, just you wait)
Kay, I don't understand this part of the pattern:
To make hat portion: With larger circular needle, knit 32 stitches off smaller needle. Leave smaller circular needle in rest of the stitches, cast on 59 additional stitches, place marker to mark beginning of round, join in round, K even for 4” [ed. "K even" means to knit every stitch in every row].
ummmmm... am I missing something...