Coleford Town Council

Coleford Town Council

Coleford Town Council

Poppies Needed! … calling all Crafters!  We need your help >>>
The Town Council is hoping to cover three sides of the Clock Tower with a cascading flurry of poppies for World War 1 Remembrance, in this Centennial Year.  Let’s make this happen with oodles of poppies. Can you help. The poppies must be red with a black centre but any size will do. They can be knitted or crocheted or even sewn what ever you would like to do.
If you aren’t a knitter or crocheter but would like to donate some wool or black buttons all donations would be gratefully received. Just drop them into the Town Council offices.  
Below are some simple patterns.
(The size of needle will be dependant on the wool you choose)
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)
Rows 6-9Knit
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.
Centre of Poppy
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. Add pin.
 
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
Centre of Poppy
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. Add pin.
 
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 st(s) = stitch (es)
ch = chain rep=repeat
dc = double crochet rnd=round
htr = half treble crochet slst = slip stitch
r = row tr = treble croche