Remember to keep the top of the hat facing you and count 17 sts to the left, from the left-side of the earflap (where it attaches to the hat). In the next st (18th st), repeat Round 13-21 from above. Do not finish off the yarn, instead:
Round 1: 1 sc in each st around the hat and earflaps and 4 sc in each *ch 2 space* at the end of the earflaps.
Round 2: (change colour here if you wish to have a contrasting edge) 1 sc in each st around the hat and earflaps, FO.
(using 36-strands of Cherry Red, each strand is 60-cm long)
make 2 bunches
To measure my strands I have a piece of precut cardboard (30-cm) and I wrap the yarn around this cardboard, cutting only the bottom edge (each full wrap totals 60-cm).
I take my pile of 36-strands and loop the middle of the pile around my finger (or a crochet hook) and hold the loose ends with my other hand. I feed the centre (the portion looped on my finger) through the earflap-end (chain 2 space at the end of the earflap) from the outside of the hat, toward the inside.
I pull the loop far enough through that I can feed the loose ends through the centre of the loop. I tighten these strands slowly.
Then I divide the strands into 3-piles of 12 and braid the yarn. Once I am near the end, I tie the ends of the yarn in a lose knot around the braid and slide the knot toward the bottom of the braid. Once it is where I want it to be I tighten it by pulling firmly. If you have any stragglers you can pull each strand until you find the ‘right’ one to make it align with the rest, or undo the knot and try again.
When stitching the pieces together I stitch around the posts of the last round (it tends to hide the stitches within the work).
Before stitching the pieces to the hat, I count stitches from the middle of the hat to try to ensure that they are evenly placed. You can use bits of yarn to mark placement (or safety pins).
Using a 5.00 mm hook and Cherry Red:
Please note you will be working along both sides of this chain:
Round 1: chain 10, 1 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and across, rotate the work to allow you to continue working along the bottom-side of the chain, 1 sc in each st across and in the 1st skipped chain of the round (the st you skipped when you began working in the 2nd chain from the hook), FO
Using a 5.00 mm hook and Natural:
Round 2: (1 sc in each of the first 8 sts), (2 sc in each of the next 2 sts), (1 sc in each of the next 8 sts), (2 sc in each of the next 2 sts), FO