Help knit 17,000 poppies for the Royal British Legion!

The Cirencester branch of the Royal British Legion are hoping to decorate the south porch of Cirencester Parish Church with hand-made poppies this November!

10th April 2017

*This campaign has now ended – thank you to everyone for your support!*

If you’ve got a spare few minutes and some scrap red yarn from your stash, then why not help knit (or crochet) 17,000 poppies for the Cirencester Parish Church’s poppy display this year.

You can use any poppy pattern you like (as long as it’s the iconic red shade), but feel free to use the church’s own free pattern below:

You will need

  • A pair of 4mm needles
  • Any DK red yarn
  • A small black button

Cast on 60 sts using 4mm needles and DK red yarn.

Rows 1-8 (K2, P2) to end.

Row 9 (K2tog) to end. [30 sts]

Row 10 (S2kpo) to end. [10 sts]

Break off yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining 10 sts and pull tight, then fasten off yarn.

Join the edges of the poppy together and sew the black button in the centre of the poppy.


In order for the church to have enough time to put their display together, they will need all the poppies by the end of October 2017.

You can also find another free pattern for a knitted poppy from the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and there's a free pattern for a crochet poppy from Simply Crochet too.

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