Red wool in demand for knitted Remembrance poppies

Knitters mark Remembrance Day with woollen poppies (Thinkstock)

This year's Remembrance Sunday on November 11th has seen an unusual knitting trend emerge.

Knitters and crocheters have been working hard to create their own hand-made Remembrance poppies, subsequently causing many knitting shops to run out of red yarn.

In Scotland this craze is sweeping the country as a novel way to raise money through the Scottish Poppy Appeal, The Daily Record reports.

The craft community has been diligently working to create the poppies, which are being sold for £2 each.

Alice Fenton, who runs Annie 7 Alice Woolshop in Bishopbriggs near Glasgow, told the newspaper: "My customers can't get enough red yarn at the moment - it's constantly on order.

"They are making poppies by the dozen and the end result is lovely. I've seen so many different designs on lapels this year. It's a growing trend."

Ms Fenton went on to say: "It's nice to have a spin on the traditional paper variety - and it's all for a good cause."

The shop owner has seen so much demand for the project that she has even drawn up a crochet pattern for Sunday Mail readers, with the help of her customer Louise Campbell.

Speaking to the paper, the expert crocheter said that the poppies are relatively quick to make and should only take around half an hour from start to finish.

"Our pattern is a traditional flower shape but you can modify the design to have as many petals as you like. We've chosen black wool for the centre but you can use beads or a black button - whatever you have at home," Ms Campbell advised.

To make your own knitted poppies you could try using the Ember Pure Wool Aran from Rowan, with the Noir shade in the middle.

Don't forget three or four black beads in the centre, as it's the finishing touches that really help them stand out.

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