Last updated on March 6th, 2021 at 01:35 am
This crocheted poppy is part of an antique Crocheted Flower and Grape Pot Holders Set, but I’ve included the motif pattern here in the flower section because it can easily serve as an applique for other items as well, such as bags and purses, pillows or placemats.
NOTE: Please see the Crocheted Flower and Grape Pot Holders page for the foundation pattern, plus notes on the vintage threads used and possible modern substitutes.
Posted by Jane Lake
POPPY POTHOLDER- FLOWER: With Black embroidery cotton, ch 7, join to form a ring, ch 1, s c in ring, * ch 5, s c in same space, repeat from * 3 times, ch 5, join in 1 s c, cut thread.
2nd Round. Attach Green in any s c, ch 1, s c in same space. 5 sc in next loop, * s c in next s c, 5 sc in next loop, repeat from * all around, join in 1st s c, cut thread.
3rd Round. Attach Bright Red in any s c, working in back loop of sts only throughout, ch 3, d c in same space, 2 d c in each remaining s c, join in 3rd st of ch.
4th and 5th Rounds. Ch. 3, 2 d c in next d c, * 1 d c in next d c, 2 d c in next d c, repeat from * all around, join.
6th Round. Ch 4, 2 tr c in next d c, * 1 tr c in next d c, 2 tr c in next d c, repeat from * all around, join, cut thread.
Make 4 pleats starting at the Green round and widening out to about 1/2 inch at the last round. Overlap all pleats in same direction to form petals. Tack with Redon underside of pleat leaving the last round free. Sew on top of potholder.
LEAF: With Green, ch 18, d c in 4th st from hook, 1 dc in each remaining st of ch, ch 1, turn.
2nd Row. Sl st over the 1st 4 d c, ch 3, 1 d c in each of the next 12 sts, ch 6, turn.
3rd Row. D c in 4th st from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts of ch, 1 d c in each of the next 12 d c, ch 1 turn. Repeat the last 2 rows 3 times, cut thread. Work another leaf in same manner but repeat 2nd andd 3rd rows twice.
STEM: With Green, ch 24, s c in 2nd st from hook,
1 sc in each remaining st of ch, cut thread. Sew stem and leaves in position as illustrated.
The poppy flower symbolizes dreams, sleep, and wartime remembrance, captured in the famous poem:
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
~ Author Lieutenant Colonel
John Alexander McCrae, M.D.,
was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada