Nov 11 is Remembrance Day in the UK and other Commonwealth states and Veteran’s Day in the US, which commemorates the servicemen and women who died serving their countries. Here’s how you can honour them withyour knitting!
In Europe, the red corn poppy is a potent symbol of remembrance. These delicate flowers produce seeds that can lie dormant for years, flowering when the soil is turned up and the seed reaches the surface. In Flanders fields, soldiers noticed that soil disturbed by shells, digging and munitions trucks sprouted blood-red flowers.
If you live in the UK, you know that poppies are available as paper and plastic pins for a small donation to theRoyal British Legion. But why not go a step further and knit your own? I
We have donated the yarn from our shelves. 100% of the proceeds of this little kit will go to the Royal British Legion. There's enough beautiful British Wensleydale yarn to knit the pattern below.
Red yarn (about 5g)
Black yarn (less than 5g)
Pair 3mm needles
Kfb knit into the front and back of the stitch, thus making a stitch
Skpo slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass slipped stitch over
P2tog purl two stitches together, thus decreasing by one stitch
K2tog knit two stitches together, thus decreasing by one stitch
P3tog purl three stitches together, thus decreasing by two stitches
Poppy Petals (make 2)
Cast on 14 sts using red yarn. This is the outer edge of the petal.
Row 1 (RS):Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. 16 sts
Row 2 and 3: As Row 1. 20 sts
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: K1, (skpo, k2) rep to last st, k1. 15 sts
Row 7: K1, (skpo, k1) rep to last 2 sts, skpo, 10 sts
Row 8: (P2tog) rep to end. 5 sts
Cast off. This is the inner edge of the petal.
Cast on 1 sts using black yarn.
Row 1 (RS): Kfb. 3 sts
Row 3: Kfb, kfb, k1. 5 sts
Row 5: Skpo, k1, k2tog. 3 sts
Fasten off. Sew ends into back of circle, pulling in slightly to create a circular shape on the RS.
Overlap the two inner edges of the petals in the centre. Sew in place along cast off edge only. Take yarn through to back and fasten off. Place black circle on top of the petals right in the centre. Stitch in place around the edge of the circle, concealing stitches underneath the circle. Take yarn through to back and fasten off. Sew brooch back in place on back of poppy.
Blocking will transform the dense, silky Wensleydale strands into bloomed soft airiness. We recommend a quick little steam block.