The Poppy

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Poppy
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Wavy Edge Poppy

How to Knit a Poppy

What you will need...

Total time - From 1 Hour to 1 Hour 20 Minutes Each

Complete Size 7 cm Width, 7 cm height

Larger Poppy 8 cm x 8 cm

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn - red, light green, and black. Optional bright green for stem.

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Optional Pin/Plain Hairband - to Sew to the Back to form a Badge/Decorative hairband

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Poppy
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Floppy Poppy

Before You Start...

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

G-st = Garter stitch. Every row knit (no purl stitches)

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Yrn = 'Yarn Over' - Loop the yarn around the end of your needle (under and over) to create a new stitch.

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - P wise. US - bind off

B&t tightly - Break off yarn and thread yarn through the remaining stitches on needle, pull up tightly and fasten off

TOP TIP

Depending on the style you would like or the amount of time you've got, have a look at the variations and mix and match.

Let us Remember - Use this pattern to raise as much money as you like for the Poppy Foundation. Try a knitathon! Knit as many as you can and as well as getting sponsorship, you could sell all of your poppies to raise some more.

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Wear Your Poppy with Pride
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Poppy Hairband

How to Make it...

There are two different patterns here for the main flower - one for the 'traditional style', based on the traditional paper version, and a different 'wavy edge poppy'.

The traditional style poppy can be made in two different ways. Garter stitch may be used for a single piece, or stocking stitch may be used for a smoother finish. If wishing to do stocking-stitch, two main pieces should be made to place together, for a neater and more sturdy finished piece.

Made from one or more knitted main pieces, a knitted centre piece, a knitted leaf, and a finger-knitted stem. All pieces are sewn together, with or without a pin badge or hairband sewn at the back.

Traditional Style Main Piece

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Make 1 or 2 Depending on Your choice of G-St or St-st style

Time - 20 Minutes each Piece

Size 4 cm x 5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Red

Quickest, simplest garter-stitch style pattern as follows... Make 1

Cast on 5sts

Row 1 - K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (7 sts)

For Row 2 and every following alternate row, K

Row 3 - K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (10 sts)

Row 5 - K 1, Inc Kwise twice, K 4, Inc Kwise twice, K 1 (14 sts)

Row 7 - K 1, K2tog twice, K 4, K2tog twice, K 1 (10 sts)

Row 9 - K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)

Row 11 - Knit

Row 13 - K 1, Inc Kwise, K1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K1 (10 sts)

Row 15 - K 1, Inc Kwise, K6, inc Kwise, K1 (12 sts)

Row 17 - K 1, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K1 (10 sts)

Row 19 - K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)

Row 21 - K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1 (5 sts)

Cast off

For smoother stocking-stitch style, pattern as follows... Make 2

Cast on 5sts

Row 1 - K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (7 sts)

For Row 2 and every following alternate row, P

Row 3 - K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (10 sts)

Row 5 - K 1, Inc Kwise twice, K 4, Inc Kwise twice, K 1 (14 sts)

Row 7 - K 1, K2tog twice, K 4, K2tog twice, K 1 (10 sts)

Row 9 - K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)

Row 11 - K 1, Inc Kwise, K1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K1 (10 sts)

Row 13 - K 1, Inc Kwise, K6, inc Kwise, K1 (12 sts)

Row 15 - K 1, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K1 (10 sts)

Row 17 - K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)

Row 19 - K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1 (5 sts)

Cast off

Leaf

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Make 1

Time - 15 Minutes Each

Size 3 cm x 6 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light green

Cast on 6 sts

G-st 6 rows

Inc Kwise, K 4, Inc Kwise (8sts)

G-st 3 rows

K2tog, K 4, K2tog (6sts)

K 1 row

K2tog, K 2, K2tog (4sts)

G-st 2 rows

Inc Kwise, K 2, Inc Kwise (6sts)

G-st 3 rows

K2tog, K 2, K2tog (4sts)

K 1 row

K2tog twice

K2tog and fasten off

Centre

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Make 1

Time - 5 Minutes Each

Size 1 cm x 1 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Black

Cast on 2 sts

Inc Kwise into both sts (4sts)

P 1 row

K2tog twice

P2tog and fasten off

Stem

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Make 1

Time - 5 Minutes Each

Size 5cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Bright Green

Use a single length of yarn, or for a thicker stem, work two lengths of yarn together

Finger knit a length of approximately 5cm.

Wavy Edge Poppy

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Make 1

Time - 30 Minutes Each

Size 11 cm x 3 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Red

Cast on 27 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

Next row K 1, (yrn, K2tog) to end

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

* Next row (K1,K2tog) to end (18sts)

P 1 row

Break off red yarn and join on black to form poppy centre

Next row K2tog to end (9sts)

P 1 row

B&t tightly

If you have a bit more time and want to make a larger version, begin with the following larger cast on edge.

Cast on 45 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

Next row K 1, (yrn, K2tog) to end

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

Next row (K3,K2tog) to end (36sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K2,K2tog) to end (27sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1,K2tog) to end (18sts)

P 1 row

Break off red yarn and join on black to form poppy centre

Next row K2tog to end (9sts)

P 1 row

B&t tightly

Floppy Poppy

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If you don't fancy the 'yrn' stitching, or fancy a quicker version, try this floppy poppy variation.

Make 1

Time - 30 Minutes Each

Size 10 cm diameter

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Red

Cast on 45 sts

Beginning with a K row st-st 4 rows

Next row (K3,K2tog) to end (36sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K2,K2tog) to end (27sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1,K2tog) to end (18sts)

P 1 row

Break off red yarn and join on black to form poppy centre

Next row K2tog to end (9sts)

P 1 row

B&t tightly

Piece it Together...

Sewing up time - Total of 15 Minutes

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Sew on Centre
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Sewing Across Row Ends

Traditional Style

Centre - Pin the knitted centre piece to the centre of the poppy main piece, and sew into place. Fasten off loose ends.

Main Pieces - For the st-st traditional style, place your two pieces together, with right side of st-st on the outside. Sew across the cast on and cast off edges, and row ends.

Leaf - Turning your poppy main piece over, and pin the leaf to the centre of the back.  Sew in place, and either fasten off loose ends or leave a length to be able to sew on the hairband or pin badge if desired.

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Pinning Leaf
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Sewing Stem
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Pinning Edge
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Sewing Edge

Wavy Edge Poppy

From the cast off edge, pull up tightly and from the Purl side of the st-St pattern oversew row ends.

Fold over the cast on edge towards the purl side of st-St and pin into place to form the wavy edge.

Oversew this cast on edge in place, and fasten off all lose ends.

Pin leaf to the centre at the back of your poppy and then sew into place. Fasten off this loose end or leave long and proceed to sew on a hair and it pin badge if desired before fastening off.

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Sewing on Leaf
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Wavy Edge Poppy
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Sewing On a Band

Making a Hairband

Sew the hairband so it lies horizontally across the back of the poppy. This will allow the poppy to rest in the upright position in the hair.

Oversew several times to give it strength and longevity. Ensure you sew the band into the main piece as well as the leaf, so that the leaf itself doesn't pull off with repeated use.

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Poppy Hairband

Make it Different...

As well as trying out the different styles above, you may wish to use larger needles to make them a bit bigger without adding any extra time. When using st-st you may also wish to use the purl side as the front. It makes a nice pattern for the centre piece. If not knitting your poppy for remembrance day, try one in a different colour!

Start your own little floral collection - as well as a few different poppies, you can knit some other flowers to go alongside it such as the daisyfuchsia, primrose, or daffodil. Bring the outdoors inside and keep some of those summer memories going!

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Floppy Poppy
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Wavy Edge Poppy

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next!