Animal Purple Poppy Fund needs your knitting skills

Many of you shared with us the poppies you had knitted to decorate your churches, village halls, park benches – and of course your horses, donkeys, ponies, dogs and cats – to support our Animal Purple Poppy Fund last year. Alongside our purple poppy pin badges we’ve been selling those knitted poppies to help us support animals in need.

The problem is that its been so successful that we’ve nearly run out and with orders pouring in we need your help. Would you be interested in knitting more poppies like these for us? We have a supply of purple wool and silver buttons, but we need kind-hearted knitters to work their magic. The simple pattern below should make a good number of poppies from one ball of wool or yarn, but if you want to be adventurous we’d be delighted to accept any giant poppies you might want to make.

Please contact Margaret at if you need supplies. Send your poppies to War Horse Memorial, 18, Ascot Towers, Windsor Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7LG. If you can’t knit but want to get involved, you can make poppies out of purple felt or fabric. All contributions welcome


For the best finish, knit with a Double Knit yarn. The size of needle you choose will determine how big the poppy will be, but we recommend 3.5mm or 3.75mm (UK9). If you have any problems you will find lots of tutorial videos on YouTube.

You Will Need

One ball of purple wool (one ball will make a lot of poppies!)

One silver button for each poppy

What To Do Next

Cast on 120 stitchesRows: 1-4 Knit

Row 5: Knit 3 stiches together across the row (40 stiches) (or slip1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the remaining stitch)
Rows 6-9: Knit
Row 10: Knit 2 stitches together across the row (20 stitches)
Rows 11-14: Knit
Row 15: Knit 2 stitches together across the row (10 stitches)
Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm
Thread tail through yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight. Pull around into a circle and then mattress stitch (or use whatever stitching you normally use) to seam for an invisible seam.
Sew in ends, or leave a length so the poppy can be tied.

For the centre of the poppy use a silver button and sew.

Animal Purple Poppy Fund needs your knitting skills

3 thoughts on “Animal Purple Poppy Fund needs your knitting skills

  1. Hi Margaret
    We have some knitted purple poppies left from last year. Several ladies have them and i will collect and send them to you. They are different sizes as we used them for the giant poppy, which was hung on the giant wooden horse at Canterbury cathedral. We still have some wool left but different shades of purple. however there is a shortage of buttons so if you could send some that would be great.
    Hope all is well
    Best Regards John Bishop

    1. Dear John
      Thank you for your message, that is great news that the ladies have knitted purple poppies, we really appreciate theirs and your hard work.
      I will send you some buttons.
      Many thanks
      Keep safe and kind regards

  2. Hi, I have knitted some purple poppies but with black centres (as per the red ones for 11/11).
    2 queries, should I add silver buttons? And, I have previous sewn on safety pins but I appreciate that might not be what you would prefer. Happy to leave ends of wool if you want that. Please advise.

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