In Flanders Fields.
Not quite a hundred years ago a treaty was signed, signalling the end of hostilities on the Western Front of an awful, bloody war. Battles continued on other fronts, and other wars followed. In some cases, the messes we are in today are related, either directly or once removed from that "War to End All Wars." Such sobering thoughts for such a beautiful Fall day.
Up in keeping with the tradition in these parts, I've pinned a poppy to my lapel:
It was a quick little thing and took me just a few minutes to whip up.
* a small bit (+-30 yds) of red yarn - I used worsted weight.
* an even smaller bit (+-20 yds) of green yarn - again, worsted weight
* a suitable button and matching thread or black yarn for the pistils.
* a pair of needles. I used some US size 4 double-pointed ones, because they were the first things I picked up. Gauge isn't really important, so use whatever you like/have in front of you.
* a safety pin.
CO 28 stitches.
Rows 1-4: Knit on odd rows, purl on even rows.
Row 5: K2tog to end (14 stitches).
Row 6: Purl to end.
Row 7: K2tog to end (7 stitches).
Row 8: Purl to end.
Row 9: K2tog, knit remaining stitch. (4 stitches).
With darning needle, thread tail end of yarn through live stitches, pull tight and secure. Sew two ends of fabric together to make a circle. Sew button to front (or embroider a proper set of pistils to your poppy).
If desired, on center back of flower, pick up two stitches, and make I-cord stem of desired length from green yarn. Weave in all ends, make sure stem is secure, add a safety pin, and wear in Good Health and Remembrance.