Monday, 20 April 2015

Poppy Patterns

Lots of knitted and crocheted poppies displayed together. There are many different styles of handcrafted poppies mixed together.  Photo used with permission from Madison Prime.
A community poppy display (close-up).
(Photo: M. Prime)

As Anzac Day approaches, I'm on a quest to find the perfect crocheted poppy.

Here is a collection of poppy patterns …

Red crocheted rosette with flat circular centre for a black button to be attached. An identity tag is attached with the loose end.
Button Poppy
(Maggie's Crochet)

Patterns tried so far …

Button Poppy (free) by Carol Ballard, Maggie's Crochet Blog, Maggie Weldon, 12 September 2014:
This pattern was posted by Maggie Weldon on Maggie's Crochet Blog claiming copyright 2014. Ravelry lists Carol Ballard as the author of this pattern.

Red rosette style poppy with star-shaped black centre. The curved outer edges naturally overlap each other to resemble 5 petals.
Coquelicot / Poppy Choker
(Kiwi Little Things) 

Coquelicot (free, in French) by  Des Idées … & des Mains!, web site:

A red circle centre with three overlapping petals. It needs a black button to complete the centre.
Remembrance Poppy
(The Sunroom)

Crochet Remembrance Poppy (free), The Sunroom, blog, 15 October 2009:


Black round centre, surrounded by 6 overlapping red petals.
Hope Blooms
(Jenny King)
Hope Blooms Poppy by Jenny King, Interweave Crochet magazine, Volume viii, No. 2, Summer 2014, Interweave Press LLC, <>, 201 E. 4th St, Loveland, CO 80537, USA, 2011, digital edition:
Hope Blooms online pattern information, Crochet Me  web site:
Hope Blooms Tutorial by Lindsay Jarvis, Crochet Me, blog entry, 6 June 2014:

Oriental poppy red with black centre and a black marking on each of 6 petals. Each petal is attached to the centre and worked individually. They curve to form a cupped shape.
Oriental Poppy
(Lesley Stanfield)

Oriental Poppy by Lesley Stanfield, 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet, 2009.

Poppy Choker (free) by Anne Rousseau, Kiwi Little Things, blog, 2012:
This poppy is based on the 'Coquelicot' pattern listed above. 

Red rosette with black centre.
Remembrance Poppy
(Teena Sutton Murphy)

Remembrance Poppy (free) by Teena Sutton Murphy, Flushed with Rosy Colour, 2015:

Other poppy and poppy-themed patterns

5000 Poppies Project provides a growing list of poppy patterns using all sorts of crafts including knit and crochet patterns in Australian terminology: 

Alfred's Poppy (free) by Jan Quigley, Molly's Meanderings, blog: a variation of Jim's Poppy (listed below):

ANZAC Poppy (free) by Crochetroo, blog:

Crochet Remembrance Poppies (free) by Rebeckah Ferger, Rebeckah's Treasures, blog, 2013: 

Dancing Poppies Mini Bolero by Sylvie Damey, Crochet One-Skein Wonders: 101 Projects from Crocheters Around the World, edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman, 1st printing, ISBN 978-1-61212-042-3,, Storey Publishing LLC, 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, USA, 2013.

Dots + Poppies Baby Blanket by Linda Permann, Crochet Me, web site (Interweave), 3 December 2014:

Hat with Poppy by Olesya Pronyaeva, Beezy Mom's Creations, web site:

Jim's Poppy (free) by Jan Quigley, Molly's Meanderings, blog:

Miss Poppy Hat (free) by Luba Davies Atelier:

Poppy in Granny Square by Luba Davies Atelier:

Poppy Tea Cosy by Marcelline Simonotti, T-Bee Cosy:

Poppy Skirt Trim, Free Vintage Crochet:

Remembrance Day Poppy by Amy Barrett (free), 2012:

A collection of crocheted and knitted poppies put together as an art installation in my community. Photo used with permission from  Madison Prime.
A community poppy display.
(Photo: M. Prime)

If you get tired of crocheted poppies, the City of Marion's Anzac Centenary page contains a link to  instructions for a poppy made of paper:

The Anzac Centenary page shows a spectacular sunset over the beach at Hallett Cove where some of the local Anzac commemorations will take place this year.

Information about other South Australian Anzac Day services are listed on the Returned & Services League's (RSL) South Australia Branch web site:

For other Anzac Day services around the country, visit the RSL National web site: or the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs:

What is your favourite poppy or flower pattern?

Lots of knitted and crocheted poppies displayed together. There are many different styles of handcrafted poppies mixed together.  Photo used with permission from Madison Prime.
A community poppy display (close-up).
(Photo: M. Prime)

If you have a poppy pattern to add to the list, please share it either in the comments below or via email:

I love making friends and sharing ideas!


31 May 2018: Thank you to Chris who alerted me to a broken link which was repaired today. Please email jodiebodiecrochets@gmail if you discover any other rectifiable anomalies on Lupey Loops!

5000 Poppies, "Knit and Crochet Patterns", leaflet, PO Box 115 Ashburton, Victoria, Australia 2014
Facebook page:

Anzac Day (25 April), Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia:

Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs, "Anniversaries and Commemorative Events" web page, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, last updated 19 March 2015:

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia:

City of Marion, "Anzac Day 2015: Anzac Commemoration April 24 and 25", web page, City of Marion, South Australia, 2015:

How to Make a Poppy, instructions for a paper poppy, City of Marion, South Australia, 2015:

Quigley, Jan, "Jim's Poppy" & "Alfred's Poppy" [crochet patterns], Molly's Meanderings, blog, Melbourne, Australia, 2 November 2014:
See what Jan did with all her poppies on Anzac Day 2015 in her blog post dated 26 April 2015:

Red Poppies, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2015:
"In soldiers' folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground."

Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL), Fyshwick, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2015:

RSL South Australia Branch, Adelaide, South Australia, 2015:

The Royal British Legion, "Poems of Remembrance", web page, United Kingdom, 2015: 


Related Posts on Lupey Loops

"Poppy-tunities to Participate", 9 September 2017:
Includes links to videos on how to make poppies and updated link to more patterns by 5000 Poppies.


For the Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We shall remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night.

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)
September 1914

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872–1918)
May 1915


  1. Wow - so many poppy patterns!

    How many will you make?

    Take care
    Anne (Crochet Between Worlds)

    1. I want to try each and every free one for starters ...and that is just crochet patterns! Lesley Stanfield also has a knitted poppy in the same book listed above but I bet there are many more knitted versions of poppies. The photos here are just my initial trial versions with all their imperfections as I familiarise myself with the patterns. I will update you with better photos of more perfect poppies as I discover more and get the hang of them although it may take until Remembrance Day in November to get through then all at this rate!
      Hugs, Jodie xx

  2. Have a look at Federation Square and the 5000 Poppies Project:

  3. Jan Quigley (designer of Jim's and Alfred's Poppy patterns) shows us what she did with her poppies on Anzac Day in her latest blog post (26 April 2015):

  4. Hi Jodie, thank you so much for your message - I wish we could meet to support each other! I'm fighting a throat infection and am struggling with swollen glands everywhere! I hope things improve for you soon. I think you are right to withdraw from blogland when so poorly. I do too. Use the energy you do have to help your recovery. Thinking of you, J9x

    1. Hi Janine, I hope you are feeling a little better by the time you read this. It would be lovely to meet or at least be able to pick up the phone. Even if we both are feeling 'bleah' "a problem shared is a problem halved" and having an empathetic companion can help. At least we have blogland!
      I have had a very busy and overwhelming time, not helped by a flare but I am working hard at resting and feeling slightly better for it. I hope to post some new blog entries soon when I can concentrate better. So many things I want to tell but not enough energy to sit up and type for long! Thank you for your patience and understanding. xx

  5. Hi Jodie,
    what a poppy blog post! I do love poppies so much though I have no luck with them in my garden. They always seem to dissapear as soon as I plant them. Really strange. Maybe I should just crochet them, then they won't dissapear anymore. I hope that you are feeling quite alright at the moment. Have a nice day, Viola

    1. Hi Viola,
      That's a shame about your poppies. I have only grown them once. They were very short-lived too. Perhaps they need very particular climatic conditions? Enjoy crocheting a few from the abundance of patterns! I have taken a little rest break from the blog to regain some energy after being too busy for too long! I have left a further message on your blog. Wishing you happiness and health. xx

  6. The "Thursday Tip" on Ravelry's home page ( ) for 6 May 2015 about 'charity crafting' highlights the work of a crafter in New Zealand, Angela (Ravatar: 'KiriWren'), who created knitted poppies for the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. Do have a look at Angela's project notes ( ) which are very interesting and more details can be found on her blog "PNW girl goes to NZ":
    Angela is a relative newcomer to New Zealand so it is interesting to get her impressions of NZ customs such as Anzac Day.

  7. Here is a photo tutorial (in Russian) of how to make a felted poppy:
    I found this through the Dutch blog Knutselen met Sofie (Pottering with Sofie):
    'Klaproos' is the Dutch word for 'poppy' or 'corn-poppy' and in the link above, Sofie makes a poppy hairpin based on the original Russian tutorial.

  8. I'm glad you like my Remembrance poppy pattern, thank you for featuring it!

    1. Thank YOU for creating it, Teena, and for making it freely available for everyone to enjoy. :-)