Wow this is probably really stupid, but I started making a hat for my mom in the same pattern and realized that I can make the rows spiral way prettier than they have been (if you tried the pattern you might have noticed that the change of color is sort of abrupt in the back of the hat). Basically you make the last st (usually a double stitch) of a row in the next color. Come out much better. I hope thats clear enough I'm not sure how to explain it better. I'll post photos of my moms hat (and hopefully scarf and mittens) as soon as I finish them.