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Published on October 26th, 2017 | by Mara


Poppy Patterns for Remembrance Day

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 with your 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 the Royal British Legion. But why not go a step further and knit your own? If you choose to download a free pattern, you can always send a donation to the Royal British Legion as a nice gesture.

A knitting group from South Shields worked all year on a big display of over 5,000 knitted poppies to drape across the local war memorial, showing that knitting and crafting can be a fantastic way to pay tribute!

Here are some patterns that are a perfect knit for Remembrance Day:

knitted poppies

A simple free poppy pattern by Rosee Woodland that leaves it up to you to make a donation. This knitted poppy can be easily turned into a brooch or hairpin!

knitted poppies

These knitted poppies are great to decorate your house! Put them in a vase and showcase them on a windowsill to show your support.


knitted poppies hat

This hat pattern is an amazing advanced knit for a seasonal accessory combined with the poppy theme!

knitted poppy tea cosy

Knit this fantastic tea cosy with a poppy top by Valerie Owens. It’s knitted flat and in a DK weight yarn in green and red.

knitted poppies hat

Dress the smallest family in this cute poppy hat! What an adorable way to show your support for Remembrance Day.

What yarns can I use?

Here are some great yarn suggestions for knitting your own poppies and poppy-themed accessories.

Paintbox Yarns Simply DK

A great acrylic option is this Paintbox Yarns Simply DK yarn in Rose Red (113) – great for a quick knit!


MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran

This MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran yarn is 100% merino wool and is a super soft yarn that would work great for a poppy hat to keep you warm.

Do you have any traditions or patterns that you knit up for Remembrance Day? We’d love to hear about the different ways you honour those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

For more poppy patterns, see our full range here.


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Last updated: October 25th, 2017.

7 Responses to Poppy Patterns for Remembrance Day

  1. Cheryl Keane says:

    There is a Facebook group in Australia called 5000 poppies. They want poppies for the Australian War Memorial to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I. The Victorian Returned Services League also wants poppies for a similar reason. Many people are knitting these poppies and are sending them in to add to the installation.

  2. Penny says:

    The women’s institute ladies all over the country knit and crochet poppies all year to sell for the British Legion. I thought it was known that because poppies grow scattered around in fields, one poppy represents the blood spilt from a soldier who died during every war.

  3. Doreen Galistan says:

    I knitted 200 poppies last year and my daughter in law gave them to the returned service men to pin on their shirts or jackets for ANZAC day in Australia.

  4. Doreen Galistan says:

    I knitted 200 poppies last year and next year I will be doing some thing different as some of the men want purple ones in remembrance of the dogs that die while on the job saving our men while in war zones.

  5. Melanie Glover says:

    I have crocheted 6 poppies to be used on 11 November 2018 at the Australian War Memorial, the 100 year commemoration of the end of WWI. I have done them in three colours. Purple for the animals that died in the war, white for the nurses who died in the war and red for the Defence Force personnel who died in the war. The website 5000 Poppies put out the call recently and they will get much more than this. I can’t wait to see the AWM carpeted in poppies next year as I live in Canberra.

  6. Vicki Adkins says:

    Did you have a pattern of a blind made with Poppies?

  7. Helen Bailey says:

    There is a major project to knit or crochet poppies for a presentation by our primary schools cluster for November 2018. Over 19000 are needed to represent the men who died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Guild Hall in Preston is booked for this major presentation.

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