When I was out and about the other day on a rare shopping excursion, I saw this cute little bird’s nest. The nest and eggs were knitted. I thought, I could make that! But I’m not good enough at knitting to make up directions. I can barely follow professional knitting directions. Barely.
But I can crochet!
So I went home, determined to make up a bird’s nest. I used an alpaca-acrylic blend yarn for the nest. The fuzzy quality looks natural and nesty. I used an acrylic yarn for the eggs. This is easy. If you’re not trying to figure out how to do it and having to rip it out five or six times in the process, and depending on how quickly you crochet, you can whip this out in a couple of hours (or less). I used a little clip-on birdie I got at Michael’s with it.
How to make a Spring Bird’s Nest:
Approximately 4 inches wide
*worsted weight yarn, brown and blue
*Crochet hook, size F
To make the nest:
Row 1. With the brown, make a slip knot and chain 3. Join chain. Chain 1. Make 3 single crochet (sc) in back ridge of second chain from hook and in each chain around. Join.
Row 2. Chain 2. Make 3 double crochet (dc) in each stitch all the way around. Join.
Row 3. Chain 2. Make 2 dc in each stitch all the way around. Join.
Row 4. Chain 2. Make 1 dc in each stitch all the way around. Join.
Row 5. Repeat row 4.
Row 6. Repeat row 4 again.
The nest is done! Tie the yarn ends in a pretty bow at the side.
To make each egg:
With the blue yarn, chain 4 and join. Chain 1 and sc all the way around–and keep going. You’re not going to make rows here. Just keep going around and around in sc. After you’ve made the first round, make 2 sc in every other stitch until you’re dealing with 8 to 10 stitches as you go around. (This is not an exact science with the egg–it doesn’t matter.) Then just do 1 sc in each stitch. It’ll be closing in on itself as you go, trying to pull into a ball.
I did this until it measured about an inch deep. The exact size of the eggs isn’t important, so you really can’t mess this up.
Turn the piece inside out so that your beginning yarn end is inside. Fold the “egg” over and make a slip stitch through both sides at the end. Slip stitch it all the way across, joining the sides, stuffing as you go with polyester fiberfill. This will force the ball into an oblong shape. Fasten each egg to the nest with the joined end down using a yarn needle. Make however many eggs you like. I made six.
I’m in love with these little clip-on birds.
This was actually being displayed as a pin cushion.
You could use it as a pin cushion, for spring decor, or even as part of a table centerpiece. Isn’t it cute?!
P.S. If you’re a fab knitter, you can probably figure out how to make this in knit.