Poppy Patterns

Calling all Knitters

This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War.

As part of our commemorations we would like to decorate St. Andrew's United Church with a waterfall of poppies flowing down from the tower. A number of churches have done this in recent years. They look amazing, but most of all it will be a reminder of the bravery of those who fought, lived and died in the First World War as we pray for peace and continue to honour all those who served, died and were affected by the war both at home and overseas.

We would like to do this in time for Remembrance Day so we would need finished poppies by the end of October at the latest, and preferably sooner so that they can be fastened to netting.

If you could help by knitting or crocheting some poppies we would be very grateful. Our aim is to have 2018. Free patterns are available on many websites, or you can pick one up from church any Wednesday morning. Any pattern or design is acceptable.

Finished poppies can be dropped off at the same time. If you would like company as you craft, come along to Open Church between 09.30 and 12.00 noon any Wednesday. Tea and coffee will be supplied.

If you have any queries please contact Reverend Kath Darby. 01652648871

Here are two different knitted poppy patterns and two to crochet.

Knitted Poppies

For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn). The size of needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be, but we recommend 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9).

If you have different yarn left in your stash, just use that and the appropriate needle size.

1. 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.

2. Easy ribbed poppy pattern

Colour A 1 ball red yarn (this will make a lot of poppies) Colour B Scrap of black yarn or black button

Body of Poppy Using Col A Cast on 60 stitches Row s1 -10 : K2, P2 across whole row(for a slightly smaller poppy do 8 rows of rib). Row 11 : Knit 2 stitches together across the row (30 stitches). Row 12 : Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over... repeat across the whole row (10 stitches). Break off yarn with long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight. Join edges with mattress stitch

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.

Crocheted Poppies

You will need some red wool and a black button. Patterns 1. Three petal crochet poppy with 4.5mm hook Ch 3, join with slst to form circle. Ch 3, work 9 dc into the centre of the circle and join with slst. Work the three petals separately. Petal 1. Ch 3, work 1st dc into same st, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off. Petal 2. work 2 dc into last dc of previous petal, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off. Work petal 3 as 2. Sew all ends in and attach button in the centre.