Concept graphic for 'Over the Top' at St John the Baptist Concept graphic for 'Over the Top' at St John the Baptist © I H Wyllie

Community Remembers WWI 100 - Poppy cascade at St John the Baptist

Join in making ‘Over the Top’ a knitted and crocheted poppy tribute cascading down the tower at St John the Baptist. Knit or crochet poppies and donate them to the project. Let’s act together to remember the 100th anniversary of WWI.

WWI 100 knitted & crocheted poppy tribute in North Baddesley. Let’s act together to remember the 100th anniversary of WWI. Pay tribute to the sacrifice of families from this area and all the troops who trained in the Calvary remount training camps, and passed this way on their journey to France. A poppy cascade falling ‘Over The Top’ of the tower at St John the Baptist, Flexford Road, North Baddesley SO52 9DF

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Patterns and other resources for making poppies

We aren't fussy about the shape or size of poppies, or indeed their exact colour. We suggest you craft them in synthetic wool - this prevents the colour running and fading in the wet, and that you make them between 100mm and 200mm (3.5-7 inches) in diameter. Use the Very Simple Poppy Pattern below or anything that takes your fancy from the many many patterns on the web. 

Crocheted Poppies

Our recommendation is to try Emma Leith: Remembrance Poppy, Crochet Pattern. If you are of a crafty mind do check out Emma's page...

Knitted Poppies - Very simple poppy pattern

Needle size 3¾mm for smaller poppy – 4½mm for larger poppy
Wool -double knitting black and any shade of red 

  • Cast on 60 stitches and work 10 rows in 3 knit and 3 purl.
  • (You can work a further 3 rows in garter stitch, knit stitch)
  • Change to black and work 3 rows in garter stitch.
  • Knit two stitches together on each row until 2 stitches are remaining.
  • Cast off.
  • Sew the two sides of the poppy together.   
  • Please the loose ends of the poppy so that they can be tied off to the netting. 

This pattern can be adapted in many ways eg. more rows, knit 3 purl 1

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With thanks to...

A community project from Companions of St John in partnership with @acnbchurch and supported by the Parish Council of North Baddesley with help from North Baddesley Village day committee and Test Valley Arts


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News about the Poppy Cascade

Community Remembers: VI WWI Poppy Cascade Update

Over the Top will formally launch in the afternoon of 4th November 2018. Come and see the cascade at its best - enjoy refreshments and a doughnut. Throughout ‘Over the Top’ the poppy cascade that forms North Baddesley’s tribute to the end of WWI, there will be an exhibition in the church, asking the question: What would happen if we went ‘Over the Top’ Into Perfect Peace?

Community Remembers: V WWI Poppy Cascade Update

Over the Top: the North Baddesley project to knit poppies for a cascade down the tower at St John the Baptist saw the 2000th poppy donated this week. It’s going to be a spectacular way of commemorating the end of WWI. Thank you so much to everyone who is helping,

Community Remembers IV WWI Poppy Cascade Update

Very pleased to be continuing to receive poppies from people across North Baddesley. This week the total exceeds 1400. We’re doing well - but please keep knitting. We need lots more to make the cascade a fitting tribute. 

Community Remembers III: WWI Poppy Cascade Update

Very excited to be able to share how the poppy project continues to develop...

Community Remembers II: WWI Poppy Cascade Update

200 more poppies arrived this week for this exciting project to drape a falling river of waterfalls down the tower at St John the Baptist. Thank you! please keep knitting

Community Remembers: WWI Poppy Cascade June Update

We are excited by the number of poppies that are pouring in from across the village for this community project. We need lots more to make the cascade so please keep crafting!