I wanted to honor my military family members that have passed by leaving a crochet poppy at their grave this year. I couldn’t find any patterns that I particularly liked online – so I designed my own.
“We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.”
excerpt from poem
I’ve always wanted to lay poppies at my Grandfather’s grave for Memorial Day. I know they are usually reserved for Veteran’s Day here in the US but since we are laying flowers anyhow, I would like to put down the “Remembrance Flower” in his honor. It has been a tradition, in my family, to visit the graves of our close relatives on this weekend and decorate them with flowers. In the past all who have gone before get fresh flowers and some silk arrangements, as well. We usually keep them there for as long as they look good during the summer. Did you know, Memorial Day in the US was originally called Decoration Day?
This poppy design is small enough it could also be worn as a broach, boutonniere, or hair barrette if the correct backing is used when you craft it. It’s really quick to work up, so you have time to make a couple or a few to hand out if you’re planning on going to any Memorial Day celebrations over the weekend.
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Here’s the pattern:::
Grandpa’s Little Poppy
Black Yarn (I used Red Heart with Love)
Red Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
F 3.75mm Hook
beginning with black yarn
ch 4, sl st to beginning ch to form loop, ch 1
1) 6 sc in middle of loop, sl st to join, ch 1
2) 1 sc in each st around, sl st to join, ch 1
* pop forward the black “center” of the flower so the stitches are easier to access for the following rounds
change to red yarn
3) in FLO ch 3, 1 dc in same stitch, ch 1, 2 dc, sl st in next st, *2 dc ch 1, 2 dc, sl st in next st* repeat * to * twice. (3 petal clusters), sl st to bottom of ch 3.
4) in BLO, sl st to stitch with the petal cluster from row 3, *3 tr, ch 1, 3 tr, sl st next stitch* repeat * to * twice (3 petal clusters) sl st to first st of row 4.
Finish off & weave in ends
Please enjoy the pattern, and honor those who have fought, and died for our freedom! Lest we forget…
Take the time to remember them this Memorial Day weekend…