Knitting and Craft Patterns

We are looking for people who love to knit or crochet to join us in making Poppies for a display that will be put up in St Mary’s Church Warwick in September 2018 in remembrance of the 100 years since the end of the 1st World War. 

If you can't knit, you could try and make a Felt Poppy using the details below.

Once the Poppies have been knitted  or crafted they can be left at any of our Poppy Drops:

St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Old Square, Warwick.
St John’s Museum, Coten End, Warwick.
Warwick Wools, 17 Market Place, Warwick.
Thomas Oken Tea Rooms, 20 Castle Lane, Warwick.
Quilters’ Den, Smith Street, Warwick.
Market Hall Museum, Market Place, Warwick
Sew Arty, Station Road, Kenilworth.
Royal Fabrics and Haberdashery, 4 Church Walk, Leamington.
Priors House Care Home, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa.
Royal Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa
Coopers Estate Agents, 22 New Union Street, Coventry

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).

For each pattern you can use 3 different types of middle, you can find the easiest for yourselves

Centre of Poppy 1

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.

Centre of Poppy 2

Using B, cast on 16 sts. Row 1 Knit one row, Row 2 Knit 2 together

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 to centre of poppy

Centre of Poppy 3

On the last two rows of each poppy change to black wool and finish as each poppy mentions

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)

If this is too difficult you can do the following ‘Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over... repeat across the whole row (40 stitches).
Rows 6-9 Knit
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.

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

3. Another Easy ribbed poppy pattern

Body of Poppy

Using Col A Cast on 60 stitches
Row s1 – 5 : K2, P2 across whole row

Row s6 – 10 : P2, K2 across whole row

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

4. Another Easy ribbed poppy pattern

Body of Poppy

Using Col A Cast on 60 stitches
Row s1 – 10: K3, P3 across whole row

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

4. Another Easy ribbed poppy pattern

Body of Poppy

Using Col A Cast on 64 stitches
Row s1 – 10 : K4, P4 across whole row

Row 11 : Knit 2 stitches together across the row (32 stitches).
Row 12 : Knit 2 stitches together then Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over... repeat across the whole row (11 stitches).
Break off yarn with long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight. Join edges with mattress stitch

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. 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. (10sts)
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.
Attach button in the centre. Add pin.

Stitch explanation

ch = chain                                                                      st(s) = stitch (es) rep=repeat rnd=round
dc = double crochet                                                       slst = slip stitch
htr = half treble crochet r = row                                      tr = treble crochet


Felt Poppies