The WW1 centenary test this year has definitely made me think about the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal a lot. I buy my paper poppies every year, and within seconds of pinning them on they are ripped off my lapel by a rogue bag strap or scarf and I can’t Self show wholesale jerseys my support.
That’s why, this year, I Basement decided enough was enough and that I wanted to crochet a poppy and donate to the campaign rather than destroy a bunch more paper poppies with my bag strap (seriously, it can’t just be me that happens to?).
However, I couldn’t find the perfect pattern anywhere, so I set about making one myself – and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!
You will need:
- DK weight black yarn
- DK weight red yarn
- 3mm, 3.25mm or 3.5mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Optional: badge back
- Ch = chain
- St = stitch or stitches
- Ss = slip stitch
- Dc = double crochet (UK), single crochet (US)
- Tc = treble crochet (UK), double crochet (US)
- Htc = half treble crochet (UK), half double crochet (US)
Use black yarn
- Start with a “sloppy slip knot” – dangle the yarn over the hook with the tail at the back, pinch together at the bottom of the hook, turn hook anticlockwise one full turn, and then you can start chaining without the need for a slip knot (credit where credit is due wholesale jerseys – this is Stacy @ Freshstitches’ technique – see a tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lygl3hLg5Qg)
- Work 6dc into the second ch from the hook.
- Pull tail end to close the hole in the middle of the round.
- Ss into first dc of round
- Fasten off, cut yarn
- Sew cut end into the next stitch from back to front, then thread through the central hole.
This will leave you with 6st, and a knot where and you’ve fastened off. We will work into this knot on the next round, so it will count as an extra stitch.
Use red yarn
- Working into sociales back loops only, pull up a loop through one of the 6st (not the knot)
- Work 1dc into the same st
- Work 2dc into every other st (including the knot from round 1)
- Once you have worked into every st – it should look like this:
- Work 1dc into the st you started in (next to your ch1)
- Ss into the first dc of round
This will leave you with 14st (as we have worked into the knot as well as the stitches)
Continue with red yarn
- *Work 2tc into next st
- Work 1tc into next st**
- Repeat from * to **
- Ch3, ss into next st, ch3
- #Work 2tc into next st
- Work 1tc into next st##
- Repeat from # to ## twice
- Ch3, ss into base of first ch3 of round (see picture)
Continue with red yarn
- Ss in back loops of each st in the ch3 from previous round
- 1htc into first tc from previous round
- 2tc in next 2st
- Ss in back loops of each st in ch3
- Ss into the next stitch of round two (see picture)
- Ss in back loops of each st in next ch3
- 1htc into first tc of the petal
- *2tc into next st
- Repeat from * to ** 3x
- Ss in back loops of final ch3
- Ss into the next stitch of round two
- Fasten off and darn in ends
And there you have your finished poppy!
A safety pin will do for attaching to your lapel, but if you want to “go pro” – sew on a badge back using your red yarn.
This pattern is free
Can I ask that you please make a donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal if you use it?
To donate £3 text POPPY to 70020*
*Cost £3 plus standard network charges (typically £2.97 goes to the Poppy Appeal).