Difficulty: Definitely for an advanced beginner....Google is your friend for seeing a video on how the smocking stitch is done.
Pattern is for sale on Ravelry all links to pattern and designer website are in this blog post here
This hat is for Carrie. I almost, ALMOST finished it last night while knitting in the presence of the Yarn Harlot while she did her reading at the bookstore ...but I didn't have my DPN's and short of yelling out into the room of knitters for some (which I'm sure would have produced a variety of size 7 DPN's) I only asked 2 people and none were to be had...Instead I stayed up to finish the Karate Kid with D, closed it up and wove in all the tails so it's ready for Carrie to wear today. Luckily it's just in time, for the cold weather is making a comeback.