Nov 11 is Remembrance Day in the UK and other Commonwealth states and Veteran’s Day in the US, which commemorates the servicemen and women who died serving their countries. Here’s how you can honour them with your knitting!
In Europe, the red corn poppy is a potent symbol of remembrance. These delicate flowers produce seeds that can lie dormant for years, flowering when the soil is turned up and the seed reaches the surface. In Flanders fields, soldiers noticed that soil disturbed by shells, digging and munitions trucks sprouted blood-red flowers.
If you live in the UK, you know that poppies are available as paper and plastic pins for a small donation to the Royal British Legion. But why not go a step further and knit your own? If you choose to download a free pattern, you can always send a donation to the Royal British Legion as a nice gesture.
A knitting group from South Shields worked all year on a big display of over 5,000 knitted poppies to drape across the local war memorial, showing that knitting and crafting can be a fantastic way to pay tribute!
Here are some patterns that are a perfect knit for Remembrance Day:
These knitted poppies are great to decorate your house! Put them in a vase and showcase them on a windowsill to show your support.
This hat pattern is an amazing advanced knit for a seasonal accessory combined with the poppy theme!
Knit this fantastic tea cosy with a poppy top by Valerie Owens. It’s knitted flat and in a DK weight yarn in green and red.
Dress the smallest family in this cute poppy hat! What an adorable way to show your support for Remembrance Day.
What yarns can I use?
Here are some great yarn suggestions for knitting your own poppies and poppy-themed accessories.
A great acrylic option is this Paintbox Yarns Simply DK yarn in Rose Red (113) – great for a quick knit!
This MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran yarn is 100% merino wool and is a super soft yarn that would work great for a poppy hat to keep you warm.
Do you have any traditions or patterns that you knit up for Remembrance Day? We’d love to hear about the different ways you honour those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
For more poppy patterns, see our full range here.
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