Tag Archives: flowers

Remembrance Poppy Brooch

23 Oct

The immortal poem, In Flanders Field, poignantly inspires the remembrance poppies worn to commemorate the fallen – from the First World War, the Second World War and all conflicts ever since. With that in mind, I’ve designed my Remembrance Poppy Brooch in memory of all the heroes, who fought to defend our freedom and fell in the line of duty.

Remembrance Poppy Brooch

This pattern is available at £0.99 GBP via Ravelry – with £0.20 GBP from each sale* donated to the Poppy Appeal.

The Remembrance Poppy Brooch is made in 3 parts, which are sewn together. It is intended to resemble a wild poppy, with its layered petals and rough leaves. Pattern directions are given in British English terminology, with American English equivalents noted where appropriate. It should be suitable for confident beginners; it uses dc (US sc) and htr (US hdc) stitches.

I hope this brooch will be crocheted and worn by lots of people, especially on Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday. Please consider sharing this blog post, to help publicise this pattern. In the words of For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon: “We will remember them.”

*Funds allocated to the Poppy Appeal, from Remembrance Poppy Brooch patterns sold, may be held until they total £3.00 GBP or greater, before being donated direct to The Royal British Legion.

The background of my Remembrance Poppy Brooch photo is a reproduction World War Two newspaper from Historic Newspapers. There is something wonderful in handling historic artifacts; it really helps to bring history to life! If you’re interested in buying your own slice of history, for personal or educational purposes, code EDU10 gives a 10% discount off any Historic Newspapers purchase.


Crocheted Flowers Book Review

5 Apr

Crocheted Flowers by Jan OllisCrocheted Flowers by Jan Ollis is a cute little book, from the Twenty to Make series, containing 20 different flower patterns. Most of the flowers are pretty gorgeous – although there is a heavy reliance on adding beads, buttons and fabric to complete the finished look. The patterns are clearly written and there are both UK and US notations for stitches and hook sizes.

Crocheted Flowers

The 20 crochet flowers are: African Violets, Antique Rose, Black Orchid, Camellia, Carnation, Clematis, Daisy Chain, Foxgloves, Freesia, Gazania, Hibiscus, Orange Blossom, Passion Flower, Peony, Pink Cosmos, Poppy, Retro Daisy, Orange Blossom, Scabious, Tudor Rose and Water Lily.

Crocheted Flowers: Tudor RoseI tried the Tudor Rose pattern, as shown in the photo. I used a 3.5 mm hook instead of the recommended 3 mm hook size. I didn’t have cotton yarn, a “large pale-yellow pearl-shaped bead” or a “selection of small yellow beads” hanging around my home, so I just substituted in some French-knots and acrylic DK! Cotton yarn would have been preferable; the soft acrylic yarn gave the flower less definition than the example in the book. The pattern was very easy to follow and it was quick work to make up the finished flower. It turned out pretty well, considering the changes I made, and I’m happy with the result. :)


I’m not exactly green-fingered, so I’m not sure how true the representations are. The Retro Daisy looks a bit funny and I’d have guessed the Freesias were snow-drops, if they weren’t labelled otherwise. However, I love the look of the Water Lily and, if you had the fabric and findings to hand, the Camellia and Antique Rose look lush! They’d probably made really cool corsage brooches.

For under 5 quid, this little crochet book is an absolute bargain. I’d easily rate it 4/5. :)

Basic Crochet Flower

16 Mar

Make a basic crochet flower by simply hooking several stitches into the same stitch, to build width and bulk. Petal length is achieved with tall stitches, such as trebles (US: double crochet). Use any yarn with a suitable size hook e.g. DK wool and a 3.5 mm (US: 4) or 4.0 mm (US: 6) hook.

basic crochet flower in purple tweedbasic crochet flower in blue acrylic

Make a magic loop with 5 dc (or 1 ch and 5 dc in ring).
Rnd 1. 2 dc into each st.
Rnd 2. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc; rep from * to end.
Rnd 3. *1 dc, [1 htr, 5 tr, 1 htr] into next st, 1 dc; rep from * to end.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

If you want to change the colour of the flower centre, change yarns at the end of the first round.

ch = chain
dc = double crochet (US: single crochet)
htr = half treble (US: half double crochet)
tr = treble (US: double crochet)

Flowers make lovely appliques or embellishments. You can also turn them into quick and pretty gifts by glueing or sewing them to hair bands or hair clips. If crochet isn’t your thing, I also have a Simple 5 Petal Flower knitting pattern. ;)