How do you knit petals?

How do you knit a poppy leaf?

Poppy pattern

Using 4mm needles cast on 40 stitches in red. Knit 4 rows in knit 1, purl 1 rib Change to black, purl 1 row K2tog across the row Purl 2tog across the row Cut yarn and thread the yarn through the remaining stitches and tighten and secure. Sew up the side of the poppy.

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