Valour Poppy Project

Valour Poppy Project

No rest for the wicked or to rest on our laurels… time to work on a extra special install! And we’re on a very short time frame so start your engines… we’re yarn storming Valour Place for Armistice Day! What is Valour Place, you ask…

Valour Place, the first of it’s kind in Canada,is a temporary home away from home for all Canadian Forces members, Families of the Fallen, Veterans and RCMP along with their families who require medical treatment in Edmonton. Through Valour Place, they have the means to face the challenges of rehabilitation in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment. Hope away from home.

This is how you can help… we need poppies. Not just a dozen or two but HUNDREDS of red, four petal poppies with black centres of all sizes, knit or crochet in washable yarns. The install will occur before Armistice Day, November 11.

So gather your friends, share the word… we need to receive your poppies no later than October25. Please be sure to mark on the package (shipping crate?) Valour Poppy Project and how many.They can either be delivered to the usual knit groups in Edmonton area or to:

Valour Poppy Project
c/o Valour House
11109-111 Ave
Edmonton, AB
Canada T5G0C6

Valour is stability, not of arms and of legs, but of courage and the soul.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Examples of patterns.. but many more out there. Feel free to use what best suits you… as long as it has four petals…

Knit Poppyby Lesley Stanfield
Petals (make 4)
Using red cast on 7 sts.
1st row (RS) K.
2nd row Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. 9 sts.
3rd row as 2nd row. 11 sts.
4th row as 2nd row. 13 sts.
5th8th rows K.
9th row Ssk twice, k to last 4 sts, k2tog twice. 9 sts.
10th12th rows K.
13th row as 9th row. 5 sts.
14th16th rows K.
17th row K1, sk2po, k1. 3 sts.
18th row K. Bind off.
Center
Using black, cast on 16 sts. Bind off.
Finishing
Sew petals together in pairs, then position one pair over the other in a cross formation and secure. Coil center into a tight spiral and sew base to the center.Stitch Explanation: Sk2po – Slip 2 stitches as if to knit together, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over

Crochet Poppyby Sandsteel DesignsValour Poppy Project
Petals (in red)
Chain 3, slip stitch in 1st ch to form ring
8 sc through center of the ring (8)
Row 1: 2sc, sc around (12)
Row 2: 2sc, sc, sc around (16)
Row 3: (sc, ch1, sc) in the same stitch, sc 3 times around (24)
Row 4: sl st, sl st through ch 1 space, skip 2 st and tc 5 times in the same stitch. (St slt
in Ch 1 space, skip 2 st and tc 5 times in same stitch) around. Sl st to join (24). Cut yarn and weave in end with a tapestry needle
Center (in black)
Chain 3, slip stitch in 1st ch to form ring (or use Magic Ring if you prefer) 4 sc through center of the ring (4)
Row 1: 2sc around (8)
Cut yarn and leave a tail. Sew black circle to the center of the poppy petals.

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