Crochet Remembrance Poppies
Sorry I’ve been quiet, last week was ‘show week’ which just passed in a blur of sleep deprivation, alcohol and dry ice. This week normality has been restored in our house, which means scraping Weetabix out of the kids’ hair in time for the school run, the mad hunt for pairs of matching socks and the endless search for my big girl’s tie, which likes to hang itself from many and varied door knobs and drawer handles.
However, in this momentary hiatus between the school run and going off to teach myself, I have finally found a moment to share a little last-minute project.
About three or so years ago I downloaded a pattern for a knitted poppy from the Royal British Legion website. I hadn’t even opened it, but had been intending to make at least one, or maybe some to sell to raise money for the RBL. I thought it would be a lovely activity for the ladies (we still live in hope that some men will join us…) of the ‘Good Yarn’ crochet and knit group. However, when I opened the pattern I have to confess I was a little disappointed with it. It didn’t look as, well, as beautiful as I had hoped. It’s here if you want a look.
But the internet is a pretty wonderful thing and before I knew it I had a screenful of options. My favourite is this gorgeous knitted field poppy.
I was keen to have a crochet version too and found this really good one if you want a traditional remembrance poppy:
However, what I couldn’t find was a free pattern for a realistic-looking poppy, so I based the look on the gorgeous knitted field poppy above and wrote a quick pattern to make it in crochet. I’ll add it to the pattern page when I can, but it’s so simple it’ll fit nicely into a blog post. I should add of course that while it’s free and I’m happy for you to print it, share it, make loads to sell etc, don’t forget to give a donation to The Royal British Legion for each one. Click here to make a donation.
Field Poppy Crochet PatternI used my favourite yarn, Patons 100% Cotton 4 Ply, which I love because it makes everything look very professional, and has a slight shine to it. You could of course use a DK but it would make a larger poppy.
I also used a 3.5mm (US E) crochet hook.
Abbreviations: st – stitch, dc – UK double crochet (US single crochet), tr – UK treble (US double crochet), sl st – slip stitch, htr – UK half treble (US half double crochet), ch – chain
Foundation – Work 3 ch (counts as 1st tr) and 11 tr into an adjustable loop (magic loop). sl st to close round (12 st)
Round 1 – 3 ch (counts as 1st tr), work one further tr into the st at base of chain and then 2 tr into every st. sl st to close round. (24 st)
Petal row 1 – 3 ch, work a further 2 tr into the st at base of chain. work 3 tr into each of next 5 st (18 st for this petal) Stop and turn the work.
Petal row 2 – 1 ch, 1 dc into st at base of chain. 1 dc and 1 htr into next st. 1 tr into each of next 14 st. 1 htr and 1 dc into next st. 1 dc and sl st into next (final) st.
Cut yarn and fasten off. Rejoin the yarn to the next st along on round 1, ready to repeat the petal instructions for the next petal. Repeat for 2 further petals, making 4 petals in total.
Poppy centre – I used a moss green yarn for the centre, but you could of course use the traditional black if you prefer.
Foundation - Work 3 ch (counts as 1st tr) and 13 tr into an adjustable loop (magic loop). sl st to close round. (14 st)
If you would like a raised centre, work dtr (double trebles) instead and pad the centre with a little toy stuffing when you sew it on.
To make up:
Sew the centre into the middle of the poppy. With black yarn, embroider stamen, with a few larger stitches at the end of each. Sew a brooch back or safety pin to the reverse.