My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



I might have jumped the gun a bit on “Knit Whatever the Heck You Want” day. Here is what I was planning to knit today:

This is yet another variation (the fourth one) of my Super Slouch hat. I knit this with one skein of MadelineTosh Vintage in the “Ms Taylor” colorway, using the entire skein, save a few yards.

I have proven to myself that I can knit a Super Slouch in on day. I wound the yarn into a ball at around 10:00am and cast on (using a provisional cast-on and tubular ribbing) shortly there after.

I knit on it on and off all day yesterday, and finished it at about 11:00pm.

I will add this variation to the Super Slouch pattern in my Ravelry store in the next couple of days. Those of you who have already bought the pattern will receive notification from Ravelry that there is an update to the pattern and you will be able to download a new version. So y’all will have 4 variations on the one pattern. Such a deal.

Interestingly, I think I have received more questions about this pattern than any other. It’s because of the tubular ribbing. If you have never done tubular ribbing before, the instructions might look a little odd to you. It’s something that is hard to visualize just be reading the instructions. You just have to trust me on this and knit exactly as instructed! In answer to the top two questions about this pattern:

Yes, it does not seem like you are casting on enough stitches: your provisional cast-on is half the total number of stitches needed (if you read ahead in the pattern you will see this). And no, you do not have to pick up any stitches after pulling out the provisional cast-on.

Lucy sez:

“I’m set for the day.”

Goldfish Wanda sez:

“Who is that mysterious but lovely fishie I keep seeing outside my tank?”


  1. I just did a 24-hour trilobite hat. It was intense, but the stuff on TV was just SO GOOD!
    Michelle´s last blog post ..MIDTERM MADNESS

  2. That is a precious picture of Wanda (s).

  3. Tell Wanda it’s the fish in the next tank looking in on her!

  4. Cute hat! (off to look at the rav pattern)

  5. Very pretty hat!

  6. I ordered the same color way and am making it for a National Breast Cancer Awareness statement. hope you don’t mind my shameless copying.thanks so much for the wonderful patterrns!!

  7. Tubular ribbing rocks on hats! I’ve done it a few times, and I think it is the best!

  8. I’m wondering what tubular ribbing is ….going to google.
    Brandi´s last blog post ..Around the Farm 10-7-11

  9. I’m working on variation 3 right now, but I’m looking forward to the 4th variation as well. I think it might be my very next project. It looks great! I hadn’t done the cast on before, and I found your comment that you don’t pick up stitches invaluable. One suggestion (if you haven’t already) is to put that comment in the actual pattern. It might save you a lot of emails! Thanks for including all the variations with the pattern!

  10. you are the BEST to keep updating our patterns….you know we’d buy them if you didn’t 😉

  11. The tubular ribbing threw me for a loop too! In fact, the first two hats I did I cheated and just did a long-tail cast on . . . but then I said . . . “What the heck . . . I can trust Wendy . . . she wouldn’t steer me wrong.” It’s kinda like turning the heel on a top down sock . . . just trust the instructions even if they don”t seem to make any sense and most important – don’t panic! Now that I’ve done it (quite successfully by the way) I love it! I can’t wait to start this new hat! Thank you for being so generous Wendy!.

  12. Thank you for the great hat patterns – and the updates!

  13. I had heard all Wendy’s brags about the Madelinetosh yarns. Today I started knitting a cap for the sailor project using the skein of Madelinetosh I won from their drawing. I must admit, it is a divine yarn and now see why ‘everyone loves using it’. It is a dream, so I’ll have one more hat ready in a few days (I knit at snails pace compared to Wendy).

  14. I’ve done tubular ribbing and it definitely feels weird to do but looks nice and polished.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..Victor’s bad day