Knitted poppy patterns

Different Knitted poppies. - The first three patterns make most of these poppies.

Different Knitted poppies

This pattern gives a full ribbed knitted poppy and is an easy pattern for beginners.
The ply of your yarn does not matter providing you adjust your needle size to suit. Use a smaller needle size than you may otherwise use.
For instance if you are using 8 ply yarn and usually knit with 4mm needles, try a 3.75. The size of the poppy will change depending on your yarn and needles.
Col A 1 ball red yarn (one ball will make a number of poppies)
Col B Small amount of very dark green or black for centre of poppy or a black button.
Col C Scrap of black yarn.

Body of Poppy

Using Col A Cast on 60 st
Row 1 -10 : K2 P2  (for a slightly smaller poppy do 8 rows of rib).
Row 11 : K2 tog across the row.
Row 12 : Sl 1 K2 tog psso ... repeat across the row.
Break off yarn with long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight.
Join  edges with mattress stitch

Centre of Poppy
Using Col B
Cast on 8 stitches and knit a square (approx 8-10 rows) of stocking stitch. Cut yarn leaving a tail and thread through live stitches.
The purl side is the right side.
Run a line of running stitch around the outside of the knitted square and ease enough to pull the edges of the square into a round and tuck under.

Stitch the centre tucked side down to body of poppy and overstitch with black yarn , or alternatively use a black or green button as the centre of your poppy.
Eyelash yarn may also be used  - stitched around centre of poppy.

Sew any dedication on back of poppy.

Julie has been experimenting with the ribbed poppy pattern, doing 3rib as well as 4 rib and a 4 knit, 2 purl rib. Photos is below of these. The top left 4 x 2; top right 4 x 4 ; bottom poppy is the 3 x 3 rib. They seem to look a bit more like poppy petals.

 Knitted Field Poppy
A - red wool
B - dark green or black wool

Eyelash wool may be used around centre of poppy instead of French knots
Petals (make 4)    Using A, cast on 7 sts.
1st row (RS) K.
2nd row Knit 1, make 1, k to last 2 sts, make 1, k1. 9 sts.
3rd row As 2nd row. 11 sts.
4th row As 2nd row. 13 sts.
5th–8th rows K.
9th row Knit 2 tog twice, k to last 4 sts, k 2 tog twice. 9 sts.
10th–12th rows K.
13th row As 9th row. 5 sts.
14th–16th rows K.
17th row K1, slip 1, knit 2 tog., psso, k1. 3 sts.
18th row K. Cast off.

Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off.

Sew petals together in pairs, then position one pair over the other in a cross formation and secure. Coil centre into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre. Using C, work a ring of straight stitches radiating from the flower centre, then work French knots around the outer edge of the stitched ring. Maintain the petals in a cup shape with a small stitch behind pairs of petals.

Size 3.5 mm knitting needles
Col A 1 ball red 8 ply yarn          (one ball will make many poppies)
Col B Green 8 ply yarn                                                                       
Col C Black 8 ply yarn

Body of Poppy
Using Col A  cast on 120 stitches.
Rows 1- 4  Knit
Row 5 Knit 3 together across the row (40 stiches)
Rows 6-9 Knit
Row 10 Knit 2 tog across the row ((20 stitches)
Rows 11-14 Change to Col C and Knit
Row 15 Knit 2 together across the row (10 stitches)
Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm to sew cross stitches onto centre

Row 16 Change to Col B Purl to end
Row 17 Knit
Row 18 Purl
Row 19 Knit
Cut yarn leaving a tail. Thread tail through yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight. Pull ends into a circle and then mattress stitch seam for an invisible seam. Using the black tail stitch around the base of the green and loosely ease into a dome and then stitch from the centre of the poppy outwards. Sew in ends.
Alternatively, sew on a button in desired colour.
Start again

Margot’s easy knitted poppy    (looks similar to knitted poppy above - button centre)

Using red yarn and 3.75mm knitting needles, cast on 92 stitches
Rows 1-4: knit
Row 5:         knit 2 together to end of row (46st)
Rows 6-9: Knit
Row 10:  Knit 2 together to end of row (23st)
Row 11:  slip stitch, knit 2 together and pass slip stitch over – to last 2 stitches – knit together (8st)
Cut yarn leaving a long piece. Thread this yarn through the remaining stitches and pull ends together tightly.
Use this yarn to stitch sides of poppy together – mattress stitch if possible.
Stitch black felt circle or black button in centre with eyelash yarn around it to complete poppy.
Make another one!