Help Otley’s Poppy Effort is a wonderful project for Otley to have to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1.
“We want to mount a HUGE display of poppies outside the Parish Church. It would be wonderful if we could get at least one poppy in the display for every Otley resident ( that means 14,000!!!!!) to commemorate the centenary of the ending of WW1.”
Otley’s Poppy Effort aims to create THE BEST display in Yorkshire… And they need YOU!
What better way to educate the children of Otley both in crafting and the history of our country.
Children are invited to create a poppy to add to the display. The poppy must be weatherproof so paper is out but you can try your hand a creating your poppy from felt and buttons or wool. We want a variety of sizes and poppies for the display.
If you can’t knit, crochet or stitch you can sponsor a ball or two of yarn!
The Poppies will all be needed by 1st October 2018.
The Parish Church have given permission for an outside display and the pic’n’knit group that meets at the Courthouse every Saturday morning has started knitting and crocheting poppies.
You can find a great Felt Poppy template here.
Crochet Poppy Pattern: You will need red yarn for the main body and a small amount of black yarn or a button for the centre.
Leaving a tail of yarn about 20cm (this will be used to mount the poppy onto the exhibit) make a
Foundation Chain: ch4 and connect in the centre
1st Round: ch1, 10 dc and connect
2nd Round: ch2, 2tr, 3dtr, 2tr, ch2, ss, ch2, 3tr, 2tr, 4dtr, 3tr, ch2 and connect
Cut yarn and sew into last round, Sew black button to the centre.
Knitted Poppy Pattern: You will need Red yarn for the main body and a small amount of Black yarn for the centre
Using Red yarn cast on 120 stitches.
Rows 1-4 Knit
Row 5 Knit 3 stiches together across the row (40 stiches)
Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row (20 stitches)
Rows 11-14 Knit Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm
Change to Black yarn
Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row (10 stitches)
Row 16-17 Knit
Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm thread tail through yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight.
Pull around into a circle and then joint sides together for an invisible seam. Sew in Black yarn ends, leaving Red yarn free- this will be used to mount your poppy onto the exhibit
If you have any other suggestions of materials to consider or you run a group who would like to be involved please get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org