I know it’s been ages since we’ve caught up. I have been feeling the pressure mount daily and I’ve missed updating the blog so much. However, sometimes you have to let a few things go while you are undertaking mammoth adventures and scheming clever tricks. That is the first reason and the second is that one of the perks of living in the depths of the English countryside is the intermittent internet, which lately, has been more off than on (please signal a loud harrumph here).
I am hoping with all hope that things will be finalised this week and I can start to share some of these excitements. I’ll write about a few at a time, like a little trickle. I don’t want to overwhelm anyone with a waterfall of new plans. We’ll take it slow with lots of cups of tea.
In the meantime, here is a post from last year, which was really popular with those of you who fancied making your own poppy to mark Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day is not far off the horizon and it got me thinking about the number of paper poppies that I always seem to lose within minutes of receiving them. No matter how carefully I pin them on, after a while of busying about, I look down to find the red petals missing and just a pin sitting there, not really looking supportive of Remembrance Day at all.
I thought it might be better, for this year, to crochet a happy-looking poppy that will stay on through thick and thin. I will of course still donate but will leave the paper poppies in their tray for someone else to come to terms with!
I found a beautifully simple but effective flower pattern on the lovely blog Very Berry Handmade. I have kindly been given permission to feature it here on The Dorset Finca, but I have translated into UK terminology. So if you are into US crochet terms, pop on over to Very Berry using the link above. If you are happy with UK terms, please read on…
To make the poppy above, I used Stylecraft Special DK in Lipstick with a 4 mm hook.
Start with a Magic Circle and make 4 double crochet (dc) in the circle and close the circle by pulling the tail end (4 stitches).
R1: 2 dc in each dc round, join last dc to top of 1st dc with a slip stitch (ss) (8 stitches)
R2: 2 ch then 1 ss in next dc, 2 ch. Repeat all round then join round with ss (8 chain spaces)
R3: In each chain space make 1 ss, 1 chain (ch), 2 treble crochet (tc), 1 ch, 1 ss. Complete the round with ss into 1st ss. (8 petals created)
R4: Holding the flower facing you, take your hook to the back of the work and insert it round the 1st chain made in R2. Make ss round the chain, ch3, ss round the 1st chain underneath the next petal then repeat 7 times & complete the round with ss into 1st ss (8 chain spaces).
R5: Into each ch sp make 1 dc, 1 ch, 3 tc, 1 ch, 1 dc. Complete round with ss into 1st dc. (8 petals created).
R6: As in R4 take your hook to the back of the work and make ss round the 1st post of the 1st petal created in R5, ch 4, ss round next post then repeat 7 times & complete the round with ss into 1st ss (8 ch sp).
R7: In each ch sp created in R6 make 1 dc, 1 ch, 5 tc, 1 ch, 1 dc. Complete the round with ss into 1st dc.
Fasten off & weave in ends, except for the tail end. I then used the tail end yarn to sew on my button to create the centre of the flower. By adding a safety pin onto the back, the poppy should stay in place for good!
… there are lots of alternative flower patterns on Pinterest if you feel like mixing it up …
After making one poppy, you will have no doubt mastered this pattern! Once Remembrance Day is over, you can change up the colours to create corsages for your coat or bag to brighten up the winter season.
Have a lovely rest of the week x