Poppies in the Park

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I knew I wanted to make a fair few as my local park is doing a display to mark 100 years since the end of the first world war. You can read more about it here on their blog.

So I’ve been busy making poppies today! As I was making a few I thought it would be fun to set myself the challenge of making them all look slightly different. I made ten in total (plus one leaf) and I remembered to write down the pattern for poppy number ten.

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I love how the petals have a bit of dimension and I love the texture from the double trebles. If you’d like to make your own, here is the pattern.

Yarn

Small amounts of DK yarn in Black green and whatever colour you would like to make your poppy (I used stylecraft special DK in claret, cypress and black)

 

Hook

4.5 mm and 3.5mm

 

Abbreviations

UK terms used throughout

st(s) stitch(es)

ch chain

ss slip stitch

dc double crochet

tr treble

dtr double treble

p3 picot 3 (chain 3, then ss into first chain)

p5 picot 5 (chain 5, then ss into first chain)

Pattern

 

Flower Centre

Using black yarn and 3.5mm hook, make a magic loop

Round 1: dc 6 times into loop. (6)

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch (12). ss into 1st st of round. break yarn and fasten off. Set aside to sew on later.

 

Petals

Using your petal colour and 4.5mm hook, make a magic loop.

Round 1: dc 6 into magic loop (6)

Round 2: 2dc into each st (12)

Round 3: 2dc into each st (24)

Round 4 – petal 1: ch 2. tr, dtr into next st. 2dtr into each st for 8 sts. dtr, tr into next st. ch 2 and ss into same st.

Round 4 – petal 2: ss into next st. ch2, tr, dtr into same st. 2dtr into each st until final st. dtr, tr into final st. ch 2 and ss into same st.

Break yarn and fasten off

 

Leaf

Using green yarn and 3.5mm hook, ch 11

Round 1: dc into second ch from hook, dc to end. Pivot the ch so you are working into the bottom of it and dc to end.

Mark the stitches at each side of the leaf. You are going to increase on either side of these markers each round.

Round 2: dc to st before 1st marker, 2dc in next st, dc marked st, 2dc in next st. dc to st before 2nd marker, 2dc in next st, dc marked st, 2dc in next st

Don’t forget to move your markers up a round as you knit those stitches. You’ll need them to tell you where to increase on the next round.

Rounds 3 and 4: Repeat round 2

Round 5: dc 7, p3, dc 3, p3, dc to point of leaf, p5, dc 3, p3, dc 3, p3, dc to end of round.

Break yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail foe sewing the leaf to the flower.

Sew the flower centre to the petals and the leaf behind and there you have it.

 

Wear your crocheted poppy with pride and don’t forget to donate to a poppy charity of your choice during November.

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