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 The Royal British Legion need your help!

 

Poppy Memorial Letter

We are supporting the Royal British Legion in setting up a memorial for the fallen soldiers of World War I and it would be great if you could help us remember.

Thanks to your help so far there is a display of poppies at The Crooked Spire with a ceremony held on the 7th of April, which is being on show through to November but the Royal British Legion still needs your help! We need an astonishing 32,000 poppies in total for the display at The Town Hall. The poppies can either be knitted, crocheted or made from felt/fabric.

Below is a guide to creating a beautiful crochet/knitted poppy to add to the display:

Easy Crochet Pattern

This pattern gives a full crochet poppy using only one size stitch, and is an easy pattern for beginners.

Size 3.5 crochet hook (we want the finished flower to be quite tight).

Col A 1 ball red 8 ply yarn (one ball will make a number of poppies)

Col B Scrap of green 8 ply yarn (optional) Col C Scrap of black 8 ply yarn (eyelash yarn looks great)

BODY OF POPPY

Using Col A make a slip ring
1st round Ch 3, 9 treble crochet into ring. Pull the slip ring tight to close centre of ring and slip stitch in top ch to join
2nd round Ch 3, 1 treble crochet into first stitch 2 treble crochet into each stitch to last stitch, slip stitch in top ch to join
3rd round Ch 3, 2 treble crochet into first stitch, 3 treble crochet into each stitch to last stitch, slip stitch in top ch to join
4th round Ch 3, 1 treble into first stitch, 2 treble into each stitch to last stitch, slip stitch in top ch to join. Fasten off and sew in ends.

CENTRE OF POPPY

Using Col B Make slip ring Ch 3, 9 treble crochet into ring. Pull end to close centre of ring and slip stitch in top ch to join. Fasten off and sew in ends. Using Col C Join yarn into edge of circle on RS and Ch 1 * 1 double crochet into first stitch, 1 ch … repeat from * to end of round and slip stitch to join. Fasten off leaving a long tail to attach centre to body of poppy.

FINISHING

Sew in ends for body of poppy. The ends for the centre can be sewn in if you wish or hide them behind when you sew on the centre. Using a yarn needle thread black tail and invisibly attach the centre to the body of the poppy.
Start again

Easier Crochet Pattern

This design is only two rounds using treble and triple treble (yoh 3 times before inserting). Size 3.5 crochet hook Col A 1 ball red 8 ply yarn (one ball will make many poppies) Col B Scrap of green 8 ply yarn (optional) Col C Scrap of black 8 ply yarn

BODY OF POPPY

Using Col A make a slip ring 1st round Ch 3, 9 treble crochet into ring. Pull the slip ring tight to close centre of ring and slip stitch in top ch to join 2nd round 3ch, 4trtr in same stitch. In next stitch 5trtr, *in next stitch 1tr and 4trtr, in next stitch 5trtr. REPEAT from * to end of round, ending with slip st in top to join. Fasten off. Sew in ends.

CENTRE OF POPPY

Using Col B Make slip ring Ch 3, 9 treble crochet into ring and slip stitch in top ch to join. Pull tail end to close centre of ring. Fasten off leaving long tail to attach centre to body of poppy. FINISHING Using Col C Cut 6 x 7cm lengths of yarn and using a small hook attach them like a fringe to the post of each stitch on Round 1. Stich centre to body of poppy.
NOTES The petals are made up of 5 groups of 10 stitches worked over 2 trebles of the first round.

 

Easy Knitted Pattern

This easy knit pattern gives a lovely frilly finish to your poppy.

Size 3.5 mm knitting needles (we want the finished flower to be quite tight).

Col A 1 ball red 8 ply yarn (one ball will make many poppies) Col B Scrap of green 8 ply yarn (optional) Col C Scrap of black 8 ply yarn

BODY OF POPPY

Using Col A cast on 120 stitches. Rows 1-4 Knit Row 5 Slip 1 Knit 2 together PSSO across the row (40 stiches) Rows 6-9 Knit Row 10 Knit 2 tog across the row (20 stitches) Rows 11-14 Knit Row 15 Knit 2 together across the row (10 stitches) Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 15cm 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 seam for an invisible seam.

CENTRE OF POPPY

Using Col B Cast on 8 stitches and knit a square (approx 8-10 rows) of stocking stitch. Cut yarn leaving a tail and thread through live stitches as previously. The purl side is the right side. Run a line of running stitch around the outside of the knitted square and ease enough to pull the edges of the square into a round and tuck under.

Poppy memorial

FINISHING

Stitch the centre tucked side down to body of poppy and overstitch with black yarn as shown, or alternatively use a black or green button. Sew in ends. Start again.

We hope this guide is helpful and that you’ve managed to create a poppy to donate to us (or multiple!).

If you want to donate a poppy for the display, you can drop your handmade poppies off at Fred’s Haberdashery.

For more information, contact us on 01246 204504 or visit us today.