The spiral hat is super easy. I just don't like the top being gathered, but with ribs it's hard to do it so it looks nice.
1. Cast on a multiple of 4 and k2,p2 for 2-3 inches (I co 72)
2. Increase one stitch (anywhere is fine) and continue k2, p2 for 7-8 inches. That one increase makes it spiral on it's own. See note below.
3. k2tog around and around till you have 6-8 stitches and cut the yarn thread through needle and go through remaining loops. Weave in ends.
NOTE - Do NOT
pay any attention to the stitches below when you are ribbing the spiral. Just keep doing the k2, p2. Seriously.. this has been driving everyone nuts because we are so focused on knitting the knits and purling the purls that it keeps tripping people up and they have to frog back.