The Poppy Project is a collaborative community art project by the Niagara Falls History Museum in conjunction with Stick'N Needles Guild.
The Museum needs your help to create a large scale installation of knit and crochet poppies to drape over the exterior of the Museum for Remembrance Day. The public is asked to create these poppies at home or at the Museum at regularly scheduled events throughout 2020.
During the current crisis, would love to see social media posts with you making poppies #nfpoppyproject and tag the Museums. See instructions below for safely dropping your poppies off at the Museum.
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June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22 & October 27
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Caron One Pound – Scarlet | Bernat Super Value – Berry Red Heart Super Saver – Cherry Red | Or any bright poppy red, worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn
Any black acrylic yarn matching whichever red yarn you
Knitting Needle - Size 5 mm | Crochet Hook - Size 6.0 mm/J
*Needle or hook size may be adjusted but finished poppy
must be between 4-5 inches in diameter
Approximate yarn required for one poppy | Black: 2-3 yards
Red: 17-20 yards
K: knit | P: purl | K2tog: knit 2 together | (Sl1, K2tog, psso): Slip 1
purl-wise, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over
With red, cast on 52 sts leaving a 10" tail at the beginning.
Work the next 8 rows as follows:
Right side: *K10, p3* repeat from * to * to end.
Wrong side: *K3, P10* repeat from * to * to end.
Cut red leaving 10" tail.
Change to black tying to red at needle and leaving 10" tail before
starting with the black.
Next row: K2 tog across
Next row: P across
Next row: *(Sl1, K2tog, psso)* repeat from * to* across to last 2
sts. K2 tog.
Cut yarn about 10" long and thread through the last stitches with
a darning needle. Pull tight while removing from needle. Sew
sides up with black, then with red using the mattress stitch, or
leave for us to sew up. There should be no seam showing. Leave a
10” tail on both black and red ends.
The 4 tails will be used to attach the poppies to the art
installation, so do not cut them off or weave them into the poppy.
Ch: chain(s) | Dc: double crochet | Sc = single crochet | Sl st = slip stitch | (12) = indicates number of stitches at end
With black, make a slip knot with a 10” tail and ch 2.
Round 1: 12 dc in second ch from hook. Join with sl st to first dc. Fasten off and leave a 10” tail. (12)
Round 2: Using red yarn, join into the top of any of the black dc leaving a 10” tail. Ch 3 (counts as a dc). 1 dc into the same stitch. 2 dc into each of the remaining dc. Join with sl st to top of ch 3. (24)
Round 3: Ch 1. 2 dc into each of the next 4 dc, sc into next dc. *sc in next dc, 2 dc into each of the next 4 dc, sc in next dc*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with sl st into bottom of starting ch 1. (40)
Round 4: *2 dc into each of the next 8 dc, slip stitch between the 2 sc of the previous row*. Repeat from * to * three times. Fasten off and leave a 10” tail. (68)
The 4 tails will be used to attach the poppies to the art installation, so do not cut them off or weave them into the poppy
While the Museum remains closed to the public, we are inviting anyone to drop off their completed poppies on Mondays between 9am-4pm. Please leave on the back porch under the overhang.
You are also welcome to mail your completed poppies to the Museum at:
City of Niagara Falls
c/o Niagara Falls Museums – Poppy Project
4310 Queen Street
Niagara Falls, ON
Canada L2E 6X5
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