Free Poppy Knitting Pattern

This poppy knitting pattern can be used to create a pretty poppy flower brooch that will dress up any outfit and can be worn in place of a traditional paper poppy as a token of remembrance this winter.

This pattern for a knitted poppy is a great way to hone your skills as a beginner and is a nice quick DIY for those who are experienced. If you want to do your part and do some crafting for charity, you can use this poppy knitting pattern to make some to sell before Remembrance Day and donate the proceeds to the Poppy Appeal.

Why do we wear poppies?

Every year many people across Britain wear a poppy in remembrance and as a symbol of thanks to all who have served in the armed forces.

The poppy became an official symbol of remembrance after the Royal British Legion launched the first “poppy appeal” in 1921. They ordered nine million poppies and began selling them on November 11 of that year; the poppies sold out almost immediately and raised over £106,000 (which was an incredible sum at the time) to help support veterans.

The Poppy Appeal has become a tradition ever since, with volunteers signing up to become poppy collectors and sellers from late October until Remembrance Day, which is observed on the second Sunday of November.

Remembrance Sunday 2022 falls on Sunday November 13 and the official launch of the 2022 Poppy Appeal is Thursday October 27.

If you want make a donation or participate in this year’s poppy appeal, you will find all the details on the Royal British Legion website.

Knitted poppy pattern

You will need

  • 1 ball of 50g King Cole Merino Blend DK (100% wool) each Cranberry 703 (A) and Black 048 (B) or a medium black button for Poppy Center.
  • Pair of 4mm straight knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Brooch on the back or safety pin.

    Abbreviations Used in This Poppy Knitting Pattern

    cm centimeter; g gram; k knit; k2tog knit the next 2 stitches together; k_ knit in front and behind the stitch; p pure; p2tog purl the next 2 stitches together; rem remaining; representing repeat; RS right side; sk slip 2 stitches as if to knit, knit these 2 stitches together in the back loops – single decrease on the left; st point; table through the back loop; WS bad side; * repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as shown.



    Using A, ascend 66 m. Row 1 (RS) K3, p4 *k4, p4; repeat from * until the last 3 sts, m3.

    Row 2 (WS) P3, k4 *p4, k4; repeat from * until the last 3 stitches, p3.

    Rows 3 to 8 Rep the last 2 rows 3 more times.

    Row 9 (RS) K1, k2tog, p2tog, p2tog tbl,*ssk, k2tog, p2tog, p2tog tbl; rep from * to last 3 stitches, ssk, k1. 34m.

    Row 10 P2, *K2, P2; rep from * to end.

    Rank 11 K2tog, *p2tog, k2tog; rep from *to end. 17 stitches.

    Rank 12 P1, *p2tog; rep from * to end.


    To compensate

    Break the thread, leaving about 20 cm of end. Pass the tail through the remaining stitches and gather them to create a poppy centre; to attach. Join the side seam using a mattress stitch.

    poppy center

    Do as follows or use a black button

    Using B, cast on 2 sts.

    Row 1 (RS) K_ twice. 4m. Row 2 P4.

    Row 3 K4. Row 4 P4.

    Row 5 K2 tog twice, slip the 1st st over the 2nd and tie o_ .

    To compensate

    Sew the center of Poppy to the center of Poppy. Attach a safety pin or brooch to Poppy’s WS center.