Concept graphic for 'Over the Top' at St John the Baptist Concept graphic for 'Over the Top' at St John the Baptist © I H Wyllie

Community Remembers WWI 100 - Poppy cascade at St John the Baptist

Join in making ‘Over the Top’ a knitted and crocheted poppy tribute cascading down the tower at St John the Baptist. Knit or crochet poppies and donate them to the project. Let’s act together to remember the 100th anniversary of WWI.

WWI 100 knitted & crocheted poppy tribute in North Baddesley. Let’s act together to remember the 100th anniversary of WWI. Pay tribute to the sacrifice of families from this area and all the troops who trained in the Calvary remount training camps, and passed this way on their journey to France. A poppy cascade falling ‘Over The Top’ of the tower at St John the Baptist, Flexford Road, North Baddesley SO52 9DF

Events related to this project

From Sun November 04, 12:00 am until Sat November 17, 2:00 pm
At St John the Baptist, Flexford Road, North Baddesley, Southampton, United Kingdom Categories: Partner Events, Remembrance events

Patterns and other resources for making poppies

We aren't fussy about the shape or size of poppies, or indeed their exact colour. We suggest you craft them in synthetic wool - this prevents the colour running and fading in the wet, and that you make them between 100mm and 200mm (3.5-7 inches) in diameter. Use the Very Simple Poppy Pattern below or anything that takes your fancy from the many many patterns on the web. 

Crocheted Poppies

Our recommendation is to try Emma Leith: Remembrance Poppy, Crochet Pattern. If you are of a crafty mind do check out Emma's page...

Knitted Poppies - Very simple poppy pattern

Needle size 3¾mm for smaller poppy – 4½mm for larger poppy
Wool -double knitting black and any shade of red 

  • Cast on 60 stitches and work 10 rows in 3 knit and 3 purl.
  • (You can work a further 3 rows in garter stitch, knit stitch)
  • Change to black and work 3 rows in garter stitch.
  • Knit two stitches together on each row until 2 stitches are remaining.
  • Cast off.
  • Sew the two sides of the poppy together.   
  • Please the loose ends of the poppy so that they can be tied off to the netting. 

This pattern can be adapted in many ways eg. more rows, knit 3 purl 1

Social media resources

With thanks to...

A community project from Companions of St John in partnership with @acnbchurch and supported by the Parish Council of North Baddesley with help from North Baddesley Village day committee and Test Valley Arts


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