This Remembrance Poppy crochet pattern is one of my most enduring patterns and has been reproduced all over the world! I only know this thanks to the lovely people who email with their stories of how and why they came to work this pattern. It's always a pleasure to hear from you so do please feel welcome to message me and maybe send a photo of your poppy.
Last year I had the honour of being asked to co-ordinate an installation of poppies as part of an event for Corsham Town Hall's reenactment of it's previous life as a WW1 Red Cross hospital. This project was about building bonds within our community and involving as many groups and individuals as possible and together we made something wonderful happen.
For this tutorial I am using my ever faithful rico essential cotton and a 4mm hook but you can use any hook and any wool.....get creative!
UK crochet terms.
ch = Chain, dc = double crochet (US = single crochet), tr = treble crochet (US = double crochet)
You will need a small amount of black and red wool . This pattern is great for using up all those spare bits of wool.
In Black wool:
Chain 6 and join to first chain with a slip stitch to form a loop.
Chain 2 (counts as your first double crochet dc), Work 11 dc into the centre loop. Makes 12 stitches in total. For a larger black centre you can work treble crochet instead of double crochet
- Into any stitch work ch2 (counts as first double crochet). Work 1 dc into same stitch.
- Into next stitch work 2 dc and repeat this, working 2dc into every stitch = 24 stitches.
- Join with a slip stitch into the second chain stitch you did at the beginning of the round.
Notice how I am working over the ends as I work. This way there is less sewing in of all those loose bits of wool a the end!
Now let's work our first petal. You are going to repeat this 4 times to make 4 petals in total.
- Ch 2 (counts as a dc), into next stitch work 2 tr,
- Work 2 tr into next stitch
- 2 tr into next stitch
- 2 tr into next stitch = 8 tr crochet stitches
- 1 dc into next stitch = 10 stitches = 1 petal
- 1 dc into next stitch is the start of your next petal - repeat steps 1 - 5 three more times
Complete your 4th petal with a slip stitch into the the first ch 2 you did for the first petal but do not cast off.
The final round (round 4) is an optional extra which I like to add because it adds a layer of beauty to our poppy giving it slightly fuller petals.
- Into each tr stitch from previous round work 2 dc = 16 dc
- Work a slip stitch in between the two dc from previous round. This gives the 'dip' between the two petals clear definition.
- The needle indicates where to work the slip stitch.
Repeat for each petal working all the way round your poppy
Join with a slip stitch and cast off.
Same pattern different hook size!
Ch6 and join with a ss into first ch to make a loop.
ch2 (counts as first dc) work 11dc into loop = 12 stitches
*remember if you want a larger black centre then work treble crochet instead of double crochet into the central loop.
Cast off and change to Red Yarn.
Into any stitch cast on red and ch2 (counts as 1st dc) into same stitch work 1dc. *Work 2 dc into next stitch. *Repeat to end working 2 dc into every stitch= 24 stitches.
Join with a ss into 2nd ch you initially started with.
1st Petal. ch2 (counts as 1st dc), 2tr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 1dc into next st.
2nd Petal. 1 dc into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 1dc into next st.
Repeat two more times = 4 petals = 40 stitches
Into each tr stitch from previous round work 2 dc followed by a ss inbetween the two dc from previous round.