KNITTED POPPY (LARGE)

For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK) Yarn. The size of the needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be. The recommended size is 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9). 

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 Colour A, cast on 120 stitches.

Rows 1-4: Knit

Row 5: Knit 3 stitches together across the row (40 stitches)

Rows 6-9: Knit

Row 10: Knit 2 stitches together across the row (20 stitches)

Row 11-14: Knit

Row 15: Knit 2 stitches together across the row (10 stitches)

Cut yarn leaving a trail 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 each stitch (or use whatever stitching you normally use) to seam for an invisible seam. Sew in ends. 

Centre of Poppy

Using Colour B, cast on 16 stitches. 

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. 

Finished size is 9-10cm in diameter. 

KNITTED POPPY (SMALL WITH A LEAF)

Body of Poppy

With 3.25mm needles, cast on 36 stitches in red Double Knit Yarn (DK).

Rows 1 & 2: Knit

Row 3: Purl

Row 4: Knit

Row 5: (Purl 9, pass yarn forward between the needles and round under the cast on edge twice, pull tight while working next stitch - this creates the scalloped edge) repeat to last 9 stitches, purl 9. 

Row 6: Knit 3, (knit 3 together, knit 6) x 3, knit 3 together, knit 3 (28 stitches)

Row 7: Purl 2 together, repeat to end (14 stitches)

Row 8: Knit 2 together, repeat to end (7 stitches)

Break yarn and thread through these 7 stitches and draw up tight. Sew seam, over sew 3 rows at top to create scallop. 

Centre

Cast on 14 stitches with black. Cast off. Roll up into a button shape and stitch to a poppy. 

Leaf (Optional)

Cast on 3 stitches in green. 

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit 1, make 1, knit 1, make 1, knit 1 (5 stitches)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit 2, make 1, knit 1, make 1, knit 2 (7 stitches)

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: Cast 1, knit to end

Row 8: Cast off 1, purl to end (5 stitches)

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: Purl

Row 11: Cast off 1, knit to end

Row 12: Cast off 1, purl to end (3 stitches)

Row 13: Knit

Row 14: Slip 1, purl 2 together, pass slip stitch over. Fasten off. 

Sew leaf on behind of poppy. 

Finished size 7-9cm diameter.