I saw lots of crochet poppies on instagram the last few weeks and thought I would create some myself for some friends. I love the poppies in my Lesley Stanfield book but I needed something very quick so I came up with these.
I've made 10 and they've all gone already! I've suggested a minimum £3 donation and I'm asking people to put their money into the pot from the nearest paper poppy collection tin. Did you know that the Poppy Factory in Richmond Surrey creates jobs for ex-servicemen as well as supporting ex servicemen finding new employment beyond the factory? Have a read of their site. I never really gave much thought to where the poppies come from. These aren't to replace them, just nice to have more than one and this doesn't eventually get creased up! Make sure you take a paper poppy too!
I also have to be honest I really enjoyed having an excuse to get the glue gun out to glue them all together!
Here's the pattern I made up (american terms - I 'think' in them):
I used stash of a red dk I had in my stash and used drops paris dk for the leaf. The black is an acrylic dk yarn I had, yes, in my stash. I used a 3.5mm hook.
Petals: Form a 'magic ring', ch1, into the ring: (sc, hdc, dc, 2tr, dtr, 3tr, dtr, 2tr, dc, hdc, sc) twice. Slip stitch to the first stitch. Weave in ends.
Inner: Form a 'magic ring' 6sc into ring, slst to first stitch. Weave in ends.
Leaves: 9ch, work into second stitch from hook, *sl st, sc, hdc, 2dc, hdc, sc, sl st*. Turn the work, ch1 and work into the back loops of the foundation chain. Repeat from * Weave in ends.
Then, using a glue gun I glued the inner to the petals, turned and added the leaf, I cut felt circles about 1.5cm in diameter, glued them too and added a 1" brooch back. With glue. I had all that cobwebby hot glue mess going on in spades.
I hope it makes sense, that's my first attempt at writing out a pattern from my head and it is likely to show so pull me up on any questions or improvements in the comments below. I am a bit too time stretched to do a photo tutorial now, maybe next year!
Remember to get a paper poppy too!