Free crochet poppy pattern

I’m thrilled to share a gorgeous free crochet poppy 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.

Free crochet poppy pattern

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


  • This pattern uses US terminology (see abbreviations here)
  • Don’t know how to do the magic ring? Head over to my tutorial here


Free crochet poppy pattern

Free 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.

Free crochet poppy pattern
Step 1: Centre circle

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

Rnd 1: mr 6 sc (6)

Free crochet poppy pattern

Rnd 2: sc around in blo (6)

Free crochet poppy pattern

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.

pink crochet poppy flower petal on a marble background
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.

Free crochet poppy pattern
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.

free crochet poppy pattern
crochet poppy pattern

More floral patterns

>> Narcissus flower
>> Boho flower bracelet
>> Floral clutch bag
>> Namaqualand granny square
>> Impressions of spring granny square

Did you like this free crochet poppy 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

Free crochet poppy pattern
Free crochet poppy pattern

17 thoughts on “Free crochet poppy pattern”

  1. a lovely pattern!
    But I am having some trouble with the first petal. is is an increase when you say 2 sc ? And the 2 hdc 3 times is giving me trouble. Any help would be wonderful! I’ve been self teaching myself crochet on and off for a few years now so forgive me if I am misunderstanding something simple.

    • Thank you! Yes, 2 sc is an increase (i.e. 2 single crochet stitches into 1 stitch). 2 hdc is also an increase (2 hdc stitches into 1 stitch). So 2 hdc 3 times means: Work 2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches. The shorthand can get a bit confusing, so thanks for reaching out! Let me know if you have any other questions.


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