Poppy flower crochet pattern

I’m thrilled to share a gorgeous free poppy flower crochet pattern with you. It’s no secret that I love flowers. Not only are they beautiful and delicate and just full of wonderful color and scent, but they also hold special meaning for different people and occasions.

It is Armistice Day on the 11th November, a commemoration to mark the truce that was signed between opposing sides during World War I. The armistice came into effect at the eleventh hour (11am) of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Nowadays, while it still marks this significant historical moment in the history of Britain and the Allies, Armistice Day is also a day of remembrance to commemorate all soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty.

So what does the poppy have to do with this all? During the First World War a poem called “In Flanders Fields” was written by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. It is a war poem that mentions the poppies growing in the fields between the crosses that mark the soldiers grave sites. The poppy, said to represent blood spilled is war, is now worn across the world in remembrance of fallen soldiers.

I made both red poppies and pink ones (known as Iceland poppies), but this poppy flower crochet pattern can be worked up in any color you like!


I used Vinni’s colors for these lovely poppies, but any double knit (light worsted) cotton yarn would work.

Red or Pink (petals)

Green (centre)

Black (red poppy) or Yellow (pink poppy)

2.75 mm hook

For crochet terms, please look here


Crochet Poppy Pattern

This poppy is worked from the centre outwards. First you make the centre circle, followed by each petal and finally a back piece.

Step 1: Centre circle

This part of the flower is worked in continuous rounds. Start with green

Rnd 1: mr 6 sc (6)

Rnd 2: sc around in blo (6)

Rnd 3: change to black (if doing a pink poppy, change to yellow), in blo 2 sc in each st around (12) Slst and finish off

Poppy flower centre

Step 2: Make the first petal

This part of the flower is worked in rows, back and forth. First one petal is worked and then a second.

Special st – hdc dec: yo, insert hook into st, yo and pull yarn through (3 loops on hook), insert into next st, yo and pull through (4 loops on hook), yo and pull through 4 loops.

R1: Attach red yarn (or pink if doing pink poppy) anywhere to the centre circle. ch 1, 2 sc, (2 hdc) 3 times, 2 sc (10)

R2: ch 2 (counts as a st), turn. In blo, 2 hdc, 2 hdc, hdc in next 6 st, 2 hdc, 2 hdc (into ch)

R3: ch 2 (counts as a st), turn. hdc dec, hdc in next 10 st, hdc dec in last st.

R4: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 8 st, sc2tog. Finish off.

Poppy flower petal

Step 3: Make the second petal

With the first petal pointing downwards (see picture) attach red/pink yarn to rnd 3 in the next stitch (if you crochet right handed, you will join your yarn on the right hand side of the first petal. The opposite is so if you crochet left handed). Work the second petal by repeating R1 – 4 of the first petal.

Step 4: Back petals

Rnd 1: Starting in red/pink, mr 6 sc (6)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12), slst to close the ring. Do not finish off.

Continue around in red/pink and make the petals using the same steps that you used for the first set of petals (as below)

R1: ch 1, 2 sc, (2 hdc) 3 times, 2 sc (10)

R2: ch 2 (counts as a st), turn. 2 hdc, 2 hdc, hdc in next 6 st, 2 hdc, 2 hdc (into ch)

R3: ch 2 (counts as a st), turn. hdc dec, hdc in next 10 st, hdc dec in last st

R4: ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 8 st, sc2tog. Finish off.

Add on a second petal as per Step 3 above.

Place the back petals behind the main petals and stitch in place.

Crochet poppy


crochet poppy pattern

Did you like this poppy flower crochet pattern? Why not try my free Narcissus flower crochet pattern? Or check out all the other Thoresby Cottage patterns over on the Tutorials page.

Until next time,

Yours in craft, Caitie x



5 thoughts on “Poppy flower crochet pattern

  1. Melinda Reply

    These are prettiest poppies I have seen. Will be crocheting one for my lapel for next week.

  2. Tracy Reply

    They are very pretty but please still buy a poppy for Remembrance Day because they support out Veterans and their families.

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