Knit – or Crochet – for Remembrance

Jack Naylor is organising a big commemorative display in the Church over the remembrance week end. It would be wonderful if everyone could contribute to making this a real community show of gratitude to those who gave so much. Even if you have never really knitted or crocheted anything before, these patterns are really, really easy and very quick to to do.
Do some in red for the troops and some in purple for all the animals who also served.

Drop your poppies into the Church, at any time.

Simple Garter stitch Poppy

Cast on 60 stitches (approximately!) with red or purple yarn

Rows 1-8: Knit (OR for a different look, work as k2 p2 rib.)

Change colour to black and work 1 more row (not too tightly or next rows will he difficult!)

Row 10: (Knit 2 stitches together as though they were one stitch) across the whole row (30 stitches)

Row 11: (Insert needle into next stitch as though to knit it, but just slip it across onto the needle without knitting ,then knit the next 2 stitches together, then pick up the slipped stitch and pull it up and over the just-knitted stitch and off the needle) – across the whole row ( 10 stitches)

Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm.  Use a darning needle to thread the tail back through the 10 stitches  and pull up tight. Pull around into a circle and secure, then sew up  just the black seam. Leave the coloured edges to overlap slightly.  Weave in all the ends

Crochet poppy

Using black yarn create a magic loop (or a slip knot loop that you can work into and then pull up tight using the tail)

Round 1 : ch3 (counts a first tr) then 9 more trebles into the loop. sl st into top of 3ch to join the round. (10 sts)

Fasten off black. Join on red or purple yarn (by tying closely, then insert hook into the sl st and pull up a loop)

Round 2 : ch1, then 2dc into each tr of previous round. (20 sts)

Round 3: ch1, then 1 dc in first dc, 2 tr into next dc, (2 dtr into next dc) 5 times, 2tr into next dc,
1 dc into next dc, 2 tr in next dc, (2 dtr in next dc) 8 times, 2 tr into next dc, sl st into to last dc.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

(NB. UK nomenclature: dc=double crochet, tr= treble, dtr= double treble, ch=chain)



Instead of changing yarn colour, you could use a black button, –  or make a separate centre to sew on to you poppy:-
KNIT: Cast on 16 stitches, and then cast off. Coil this into a tight spiral.
CROCHET: make a magic loop, 1 ch and then work 10 dc into the loop, join and pull up tight.