This is a little different than my usual patterns, but over the last couple of weeks, as I was working on Cocola the Koala, I was using Patons Astra for the first time and thought how perfect the red and black would be for a poppy.
And, since it is that time of year, I thought it would be lovely to make up a few poppies with the yarn that I had left after making Cocola and perhaps use them as an embellishment for a future project.
I absolutely love poppies; they are so elegant and delicate. Earlier this year, a friend of mine planted some poppies in her garden and I was struck at just how beautiful they are in person when I visited.
These crocheted poppies would make a beautiful embellishment on any decor item; I have plans to make a cushion and use these to decorate it. They’d also look beautiful on a blanket or wall-hanging.
Of course, you can use one as a brooch or a lapel pin, particularly for Remembrance Day, just be sure to make a donation to your local veterans organization if you choose to go with handmade!
I’m pleased with how the design turned out; the petals can be positioned to mimic real poppies, by having two opposite petals overlapping the two bottom petals.
The Patons Astra yarn is a light weight (category 3) yarn. These poppies are very quick to work up so you can make one in about 10 minutes (and a whole bunch in just a couple of hours!).
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Terms and Stitches:
MR – Magic Ring
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip stitch
Sc – Single crochet
Hdc – Half double crochet
Dc – Double crochet
The centre of the flower is worked in joined rounds and then the petals are worked individually in turned rows (i.e work petal one first, then work petal two, etc).
Start in black. Chains do not count as a stitch.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts), pull tight, join, ch 1
Rnd 2: Starting in the same st, (2 sc) in each st around (12 sts), join with red yarn, ch 2
The rest of the pattern is worked in red yarn (feel free to cut your black yarn now). You will work the first petal by working in the next 3 sts only before turning and chaining.
Row 1: Starting in the same st, (2 dc) in each of the next 3 sts (6 sts), ch 2, turn
Row 2: (2 hdc) in each st across (12 sts), ch 1, turn
Row 3: Slst in each st across (12 sts), ch 1, work 3 slsts down the side of the petal.
Start the next petal by repeating Rows 1-3 of the petal in the next 3 sts and so on for the last 2 petals. At the end of the fourth petal, slst to the joining st of round 2 of the black centre. Tie off and weave in yarn tails.
Position the petals such that petals 1 and 3 are to the front, overlapping on top of petals 2 and 4 (i.e. opposite petals to the front).
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