We are planning on making a curtain of red and purple poppies to hang from St Giles’ church tower for the season of Remembrance.  Would you and your friends like to contribute?

22.9.21 Update:

Thank you so much for all your wonderful creations, I have been overwhelmed by the donations.

We are now at the difficult stage of attaching all the poppies to the net.  I will be running two working parties in St Giles Community Hall, small hall on:

Monday 4th October 11am until 4pm
Tuesday 5th October 1pm until 5 pm.

Do you have 10 minutes, half an hour, an hour or even longer to help attach the huge number of poppies to the netting?

If you can tie a knot you can attach a poppy!   We are not sexist so would love to see some of our men come and help.

I will be arranging further working parties when I know how much more there is to do.   Please bring a darning needle or equivalent plus a pair of scissors with you.

Linda Lawrence,  Tel: 01636 605226

–  and of course don’t forget to visit St Giles during the season of remembrance to see what great things our community are capable of.


For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit (DK yarn). The size of needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be, but we recommend 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9).

Easy garter/knit stitch pattern for beginners Colour A Red or Purple (one ball will make a lot of poppies!)
Colour B Scrap of Black or a Black Button

Body of Poppy
Using Col A cast on 120 stitches.
Rows 1-4 Knit
Row 5 Knit 3 stitches together across the row(40 stitches)
Rows 6-9Knit
Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(20 stitches)
Rows 11-14 Knit
Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(10 stitches)
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 mattress stitch (or use whatever stitching you normally use) to seam for an invisible seam.    Leave ends to allow for tying onto netting.

Centre of Poppy
Using B, cast on 12 stitches
1st row knit
2nd row knit two together to end of row (6 stitches)
Cut the yarn and thread through the stiches.
Pull tight
Sew in centre of Poppy.
Thread end of yarn to back and leave.  This will give a tail to tie onto netting.
Or use a black button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy.