It is that time of year again when we start to see poppies everywhere, in commemoration of Armistice Day. Armistice Day also known as Remembrance Day is on November 11th each year and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
Due to many different issues I have not been able to make poppies to sell this year as I have done in previous years, but I have made a small handful to give to friends and to wear myself, giving a donation to The Royal British Legion on their behalf.
There are many free patterns out there for poppies but I made this one up myself as I was sat with my wool basket at my side and a sleeping kitten on my lap and couldn’t reach the iPad for a tutorial.
If you would like to make your own, the pattern went something like this
(UK Crochet Terms)
1st round: Ch2, In second chain from hook, dc 11, join last dc to first with a slip stitch (10 sts)
2nd round: Ch1, *in 1st dc (dc, htr,tr), in 2nd dc 2 tr, in 3rd dc 3tr, in 4th dc (tr, htr, dc), ss into next dc* repeat from *to* (24 st)
3rd round: Ch1, in 1st st of previous round (dc,htr, tr), in next 10 stitches tr, 2tr, tr, 2tr, tr, 2tr, tr, 2tr, tr,2tr, in 12th stitch of previous round (tr,htr,dc) ss into next dc.
In 14thst of previous round (dc,htr,tr) tr into next 9 st, into 23rd st of previous round (tr, htr, dc) ss into last st of previous round.
Bind off and sew in ends.
1st row: Ch 6, In 2nd chain from hook, work 1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 1ht,1dc, ch1 at end of row ss into back of second chain from hook to form picot, turn,
this is where you ss into the back of the stitch can you see where I've placed the needle for clarity?
2nd row:, working along the other side of the chain, work 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc.
Bind off and sew in ends, leaving a tail to attach leaf to flower.
Finishing: I added a small circle of black felt with a small 6mm dolls eye as the centre, but you can simply sew a nice black button in the middle. Using black cotton add the stamen and add a simple french knot at the end of each stamen.
Attach your leaf to the back and tack in place, add a brooch back (or a safety pin) to the back and you are done.
I covered my button and gave it a spritz of spray starch to set it.
As I said I made this up as I went with a paper poppy as a guide but as it is a standard poppy shape it is likely that there are very similar patterns out there, this is my own.
Please feel free to use this pattern to make poppies for your own use or to sell for charity. Please do not make poppies to sell for personal profit from this pattern.
If you are planning to make yourself a poppy instead of buying one you can make a donation to the Royal British Legion directly here.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
When you go home tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow we gave our today
n.b. thanks for the feedback I have made an amendment to pattern 06.11.14 Kandi x