Thursday, November 10, 2005

In Flanders Field...A Poem and a Pattern

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.

Crochet Pattern for a Poppy
*if you make one to wear, please still donate to the Poppy Fund.

You will need: Some red yarn, some yellow yarn and a hook. Simple, no? You can use any size hook. I used a size 6 (sorry, not sure what that translates to, if anyone knows, please post it in the comment section). Basically, the bigger the hook, the bigger the poppy.
With yellow: Leaving a tail about a foot long, chain 3. Join the last chain to the first with a slip stitch. Careful not to twist the chains.
Rnd 1: Chain 1. 16 SC into the loop made of chains. I know. Tight squeeze. Make them fit. AND make sure your tail that you started with is being crocheted under the SCs. Place your hook through the 1st SC made on this round, but bring your red through instead of the yellow. If you are more comfortable with it, tie a knot with the two colors and cut off the yellow.
Rnd 2: With Red. *Chain 2. 1 DC in the same sc as your chain. 2 TrC in the next 2 sc. 1 DC in the next sc. Slip stitch into the same sc. Slip stitch into the next sc.** Repeat from * to ** around to the end. There should be four petals. Use the last slip stitch to join the last petal to the 1st. Tie off.
Remember the yellow tail that you crocheted over. Now pull that tight and tie it to another tail to secure it. You can also use the tails to sew a pin to the back before hiding all of your ends.
This is my first time actually writing out a pattern, so if there are any big mistakes, please let me know.
And don't forget to hug a veteran!


Blogger noricum said...

Do you do any sc between the dc and the slip stitch?

I'm going to make one... they don't seem to sell poppies down here, and I can't remember what I did with my previous one.

3:29 p.m.  
Blogger Tara said...

Nope, just a slip stitch right after the DC. I was wondering about if you could find them in the US or not.

3:40 p.m.  
Blogger Maria said...

Thank you for the pattern, now I'll have a poppy that won't fall off minutes after I buy it!! too bad I didn't have the pattern a couple of weeks ago, but I will make it tonight and wear it proudly tomorrow!!

6:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I just wanted to post the answer to the unasked question. :) size 6 translates into H.

Tara, thank you for sharing this wonderful pattern. There are some states in the US that have the poppies during certain times.

Thanks again.

12:53 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! I've been looking for a simple flower to make.

11:34 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful Poem as well as pattern. Thank you! To all the Vetrans, Military of all Branches , Thank you for all you have done / still do. God Bless you, your families and God Bless you reading this. USA all the way!

5:16 p.m.  
Blogger Unknown said...

I added a row of ch 4 behind the first four petals and made four more between the first row using the same pattern and it looks wonderful!

9:33 p.m.  

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