So it had to be reduced to this:
and has now begun it's second life in a smaller size:
The book the pattern is in is called Big and Little Knitting Projects for you and your family; 9 Cosy Hats and Scarfs and was given to me by a friend who decided it was too hard for her. You can find it here but be warned, I have found some errors in the pattern and don't know if the other patterns in the book have similar errors!
God willing, I will post this onto Ginny's Yarn Along on Wednesday!