ATTENTION! We have hit our goal, please bring in any remaining poppies you have already made by May 31st. We are working on making the installation bigger and better so we need to know the final number of poppies asap!


To honour the 100th anniversary of the Strathroy Cenotaph in 2024, the Municipality of Strathroy Caradoc and Museum Strathroy-Caradoc are calling on you to help us with our Poppy Project!

 We need your help to knit or crochet 3500 poppies for the display on Town Hall and other possible locations. Please use the free patterns provided via the museum or check out our upcoming workshops held on the first Thursday of the month.

 Please drop off your poppies at Museum Strathroy-Caradoc (34 Frank St., Strathroy). You can also leave your name or a message with the poppies!

Poppy Specifications:

  •  Poppies are to be red with a black center and four petals.
  •  Other material besides yarn is acceptable, as long as it is weather proof (no paper) and able to attach to the netting with zip ties.
  •  Recommended size of poppies should be between 4-8 inches.
  •  Recommended yarn: Loops & Threads. 354 YDS/7oz OR 324 m/198g, 100% Acrylic. Medium Weight [4]. Machine washable. Colour: Bright Red (9779) and Black (9536). Please note that other yarn brands, weights, and colour variations are acceptable, this is just a recommendation.  Loops & Threads can be found at Michaels or ordered online. 
  • Other suitable yarns;

    • Yarnspirations, Caron One Pound, Medium Weight Yarn [4]. Scarlet and Black.

    • Bernat, Medium Weight Yarn [4].  Berry and Black.
    • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium Weight Yarn [4]. Cherry Red and Black


Please contact Museum Strathroy-Caradoc at:

Phone: 519-245-0492



Tutorial videos:

Strathroy-Caradoc Poppy Project Crochet Tutorial

Strathroy-Caradoc Poppy Project Kit Tutorial 


Patterns found here:

Crochet Pattern:

Crochet Poppy

Crochet Abbreviations: Ch = chain(s); Dc = double crochet; Sc = single crochet; sl st = slip stitch; (12) = indicates the number of stitches at the end of the round
Use 6mm crochet hook.
 With black, make a slip knot with a 8” tail and ch 2.
 Round 1: 12 dc in the second ch from hook. Join with sl st into first dc. Fasten off and leave a 8” tail. (12)
Round 2: Using red yarn, join into the top of any of the black dc leaving an 8” 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 the 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, 2dc into each of the next 4 dc, sc in the 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, sl st between the 2 sc of the previous row.* Repeat from *to* 3 times. Fasten off, leave an 8” tail. (68)
Do not cut off or weave in tails, they will be used to attach the poppies to the netting.


Knit Pattern:

 knit pattern

Knit Abbreviations: K = knit; P = purl; K2tog = knit two together
Use a pair of 5mm knitting needles.
With red, cast on 56 stitches, leaving an 8” tail at the beginning.
Working the next 10 rows as follows:
Right side: K10, P4. Repeat to end (4 sets of each).
Wrong side: K4, P10. Repeat to end.
Cut red leaving an 8” tail.
Change to black, leaving an 8” tail.
Next row: K2tog across
Next row: P across
Next row: slip 1 purl-wise, k2tog , pass slip stitch over until the last stitch. K last stitch.
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 corresponding colour. There should be no seam showing on front.
Do not cut off or weave in tails, they will be used to attach the poppies to the netting.

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