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