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Knit or crochet a poppy and help us commemorate WWI

Help us to commemorate 100 years since the start of WWI

We were recently overwhelmed by your response  when we asked you to knit hats for the homeless of Manchester, we received close to  7,000 hats, the majority of which have now been distributed. In the past you amazed us with knitted blankets for cats and dogs, blankets and jackets for premature babies – plus record-breaking bunting! Now we are asking you to knit poppies to commemorate the start of WWI.

Knitted poppy

We are delighted to be working with The Royal British Legion on this six-month project and we would love YOU to get involved by knitting or crocheting poppies – either by using your own pattern or those created especially by Tina our Techinical Knitting Editor.

93WWH13087100.pdfPatterns are available in the Woman’s Weekly Knitting & Crochet Special – October issue, or can be downloaded from the website for free - all you need to do is register within the shop area of the site.

Once we have the knitted/crocheted poppies, we will then hold reader days in the spring and summer of 2014. On these days we would ask for help to make the wreaths which we hope to place on war memorials around the nation – more details to follow.

Please send your finished poppies with your name and address, as we do try to write to everyone, to Mary Bird, Head of Marketing, Woman’s Weekly, IPC Media, 110 Southwark Street. London SE1 0SU. Please feel free to include a donation for The Royal British Legion , we hope to give them a cheque should any  donations be  received.

We would also love to hear from you if you have any memories of your own or any family stories that have been passed down about either WWI or WW2.  Do send these to Mary Bird, War Memories, Woman’s Weekly, IPC Media, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU. Or email mary_bird@ipcmedia.com and put War Memories in the subject.

The closing date for receipt of poppies is 31 March 2014

Not a knitter?

You can still contribute – why not try making a Felt poppy? We have instructions on how here.

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