Knitted Poppies

Can you Knit or Crochet?

Wanted knitters, to knit simple poppies for a stunning cascade of knitted poppies at the Memorial Gates to mark the WW1 Centenary in November. This will be a tribute to the fallen, our veterans, and to our serving military personal. If you have a spare few minutes and some red yarn, then why not help knit (or crochet) poppies for our display. We will need thousands of poppies, but if we start now it is achievable.

You can knit or crochet a poppy and patterns are available under the 'attached files' heading below, in the library or at the Willow Tree. Please take your poppies to The Willow Tree or the Parish Council office.

You can use any poppy pattern you like (as long as it’s the iconic red shade) or you can use this British Legion pattern below.  You will need:

Easy garter/knit stitch pattern for beginners
Colour A Red (one ball will make a lot of poppies!) Colour B Scrap of Black or a black button

Body of Poppy
Using Col A cast on 120 stitches.
Rows 1-4 Knit
Row 5 Knit 3 stiches together across the row (40 stiches)
Rows 6-9Knit
Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row (20 stitches)
Rows 11-14 Knit
Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row (10 stitches)
Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm
Thread tail through yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight. Pull around into a circle and then mattress stitch (or use whatever stitching you normally use) to seam for an invisible seam. Sew in ends.

Centre of Poppy
Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre. Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy.