The bad news is... well, I'll get there.
This is the hat I submitted. I wear it all the time, it gets lots of compliments, a lot of "Oh do you have a pattern for that?" (Now I feel kind of bad for telling them to keep an eye out for it, 'cause they won't find it.)
They asked me to make it again and sent me some yarn. Some...magenta and teal yarn. But ok.
Aaaannnndd...the final product:
(Knit Simple Winter 09/10, photo by Rose Callahan. I wasn't going to name the magazine but I have to include that photo credit, so oh well.)
Ignore the colors- they ARE bright, but my computer wonked up that picture to make it even brighter (doesn't like .tiffs, I guess.) But the hat is...well, a totally different hat when you wear it that way. Sort of a strange looking one. Oh well. I'd already decided that self-publishing was the way to go in the future. I'm curious to see how they've changed the directions, since the directions clearly state "In the BACK of the hat, work a running stitch...."
Anyway, I just wanted to pipe up in case anyone actually want to make a slouchy hat with a ruched back and not a...um... well it's kind of like one of these. You can, in fact, use the same pattern.
In the parlance of our times: Lolz.