Time: A week or two.
After you’ve been knitting for a good amount of time, you tend to get comfortable. You have your favorite techniques, favorite types of projects, favorite cast-ons, etc., etc. So, for a complacent knitter like me, this was a great project to get me just a little bit outside of my comfort zone: I learned a new cast-on! I learned how to do intarsia in the round! I learned a nifty new method to do short rows!
Foxy & Wolfie is such an exceedingly clever and elegant little pattern, which is largely knit in all one piece. For a toddler rapidly gaining an interest in fancy accessories like hats and jewelry, it nicely straddles the line between dress-up item and functional cold-weather garment.
(And, in case you’re wondering, yes: he is often asked what does the fox say?)