Free knit and crochet poppy patterns

This Remembrance Day, make a poppy in commemoration of soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1.

Knitted poppies for Remembrance Day

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BBC Nottingham are calling out to knitters to help knit 11,000 poppies in commemoration of Nottingham soliders who lost their lives during WW1. The target is to knit and crochet 11,000 poppies to mark each of the 11,000 Nottinghamshire men who died during the Great War. Whether you knit one or one hundred poppies, you will be commemorating those who lost their lives in WW1.

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BBC Radio Nottingham called on knitters to help commemorate the anniversary of WWI.

Here are two poppy patterns to knit and two to crochet. You can also find another poppy pattern here.

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 3½mm or 3¾mm.

If you have different yarn left in your stash, just use that and the appropriate needle size. If you have any problems with any of the techniques in the poppy patterns, you will find lots of tutorial videos on YouTube.

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 Colour A cast on 120 stitches.

Rows 1-4 Knit.

Row 5 Knit 3 stiches together across the row. [40 sts]

Rows 6-9 Knit.

Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row [20 sts]

Rows 11-14 Knit.

Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row. [10 sts]

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 Colour 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.

Add pin.

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 Colour A cast on 60 stitches.

Rows 1–10 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 sts]

Break off yarn with long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight. Join edges with mattress stitch.

Centre of poppy

Using Colour 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.

Add pin.

Crocheted poppies

You will need some red wool and a black button.

1. Three petal crochet poppy with 4½mm 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. Add pin.

2. Two petal crochet poppy

Rnd 1 With 3mm hook and wool, ch2. Make 10dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a slst in 1st dc. [10 sts]

Rnd 2 *Ch1 dc ch1 2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr ch1 dc in next st, slst in next 2sts. Rep from * once again.

Rnd 3 *Ch1 3dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next 5sts, 3dc in next 2 sts,slst in next 2sts. Rep from * once again.

Fasten off.

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Attach button in the centre. Add pin.