Saturday, May 26, 2018

Remembrance Day Poppy Applique

A beautiful flower - but do you know the history of the Poppy? Why it's often referred to as the "Remembrance Day" flower?




The remembrance poppy was inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields". Its opening lines were written by John McCrae of Canada, who served as a soldier in Europe during World War I.
McCrae wrote about the red flowers he saw growing, that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers' graves in Flanders, a region of Belgium.

But it wasn't until the early 20th century that a University of Georgia professor decided she would wear a red silk flower to honor the sacrifice of soldiers. Moina Michael then persuaded a military veterans group to use the poppy as an emblem of remembrance.
And in France, it was a woman named Anne Guérin, who urged French citizens to make and sell cloth poppies to raise money to repair the country after World War I. 

Today, the flowers are worn in France, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on November 11 and on the last Monday of May in the United States... Memorial Day - in Remembrance of all those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for Freedom.

This year, FDbyK4TT presents the Remembrance Poppy Applique for you to crochet and wear to celebrate the lives and sacrifices of those who have served.




Skill Level: Easy / Advanced Beginner

Measurements: 3 inches tall/wide (approx.) 
Gauge is not critical for this project, however your finished size may vary slightly, depending on the yarn you use as well as your tension.

Materials Used in Model:
Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0319 Cherry Red and 0312 Black 
Size US F/5-3.75mm Crochet Hook 
Safety Pin, Bar Pin Finding or Similar (for use as functional jewelry)  
Yarn Needle for sewing 
Long Straight Pins for positioning

Commonly Used Terms & their Meanings:
ch - chain
slst - slip stitch
Dec - decrease
Inc - increase
sc - single crochet
hdc - half-double crochet
hdc-Inc - half-double crochet increase
DC - double crochet
st/sts -  stitch(es)
ea -  each
tog -  together
nxt - next
skp - skip
lps - loops
M/M - Move Marker/Marker Moved


Flower Pedals : (Make 2 for each Poppy)
with Cherry Red,
Chain 9, 
___ Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of nxt 6 chs, 5 sc in end ch st - turn piece to allow you to work up the other side of original beg chain (as if a flat round), sc in ea of nxt 6 sts, 3 sc in last st  (22 sts)
___ Rnd 2: [Inc in nxt st, 3 sc in nxt st, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, Dec nxt 2 sts tog, sc in ea of nxt 2 sts, 3 sc in nxt st, Inc in nxt st, sc in nxt st] twice  (32 sts)
___ Rnd 3: (hdc in nxt st, 3 hdc in nxt st) twice, sc-Inc in nxt st, (Dec nxt 2 sts tog) 3 times, sc-Inc in nxt st, (3 hdc in nxt st, hdc in nxt st) twice  (46 sts)

Finish off.  Secure and weave in tail to hide.
Once both sections are made, wrap a piece of Cherry Red yarn around the center of each and place them across each other, before securing the two pedals together.




Pistil : (Make 1 for each Poppy)
with Black,
Using either the [ch 2, begin work in 2nd st from hook] or [magic circle] method to begin project, [slst in st, ch-3, slst in 3rd ch from hook] 9 times  
Finish off, leaving sufficient tail remaining to secure Pistil to center of Flower Pedals.


Secure 
Bar Pin Finding or safety pin to back of flower and pin on your pocket book, shirt or make a chain long enough for your wrist for a bracelet or a longer chain for a necklace.



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