Crochet a Spring Bird’s Nest


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.

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How to make a Spring Bird’s Nest:

Finished Size:
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.

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on March 18, 2010  

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  1. 3-18

    This is so cute! Going out to buy crochet needles…

  2. 3-18

    Adorable!I like the yarn u picked for the nest it’s perfect for that!

  3. 3-18

    Absolutely TOOOO cute!!! I love that alpaca yarn, it’s perfect for a nest! Very springy, but really cute as a pincushion!

    I can’t wait for the real nests and eggs and hearing little peeps! :sun:

  4. 3-18

    Beautiful! How cute is that?

  5. 3-18

    That is easily the cutest pin cushion I’ve ever seen!

  6. 3-18

    I agree with Jenny S., cutest pin cushion I’ve ever seen. May be a good idea to leave the pins in it, because if the kitties find it those balls will be all over the house. Change of subject: I have noticed that numerous bloggers have llamas, but no one I have found so far has alpacas. I wonder why. Their wool is good. Maybe they are more expensive than llamas. They make good pets (so I’ve been told) and like to ride in the car as much as dogs do. Can’t you just picture what would happen when stopped for a red light and other drivers look over your way and there is an alpaca looking back at them :lol:

  7. 3-18

    Seems like a little voodoo going against spring, are you asking for more winter?

  8. 3-18

    What a cute idea! Thanks for creating the pattern. I will definitely be making one of my own!

  9. 3-18

    You did such a great job on that! I really love it! Thanks for the idea. :sheepjump:

  10. 3-18

    Wow! I just found your blog through Anke, and since it said chickens it intrigue me!! So much stuff!!! I’ll definitely be coming back and I’ve added you to my blog list so I will remember to check in! Can’t wait to see what else you have, and yes I crochet too so the nest is extra cute!

  11. 3-18

    That’s so cute! A lot more fun than my boring tomato pin cushion, haha.

  12. 3-18

    This is so adorable. I love it!

  13. 3-18

    Too cute! Actually, crocheting makes a lot more sense than knitting because of the rounds required. Love those little birdies. :snuggle:

  14. 3-18

    You did a great job, love it!

  15. 3-18

    Cute, cute, cute! Perfect yarn for the nest. I love those little eggs you did!

  16. 3-19

    Hey, it’s another Ulrike! :wave:

  17. 3-19

    That is too cute! I also like the floral blanket in the background, very spring-y.

  18. 3-27

    That is so adorable. My little girl especially likes it. :snoopy: She also requested that I put snoopy in there. I made a bunch of crocheted Easter eggs last year. I’m going to have to try some play food next – cupcakes and things. It’s so fun.

  19. 3-31

    Happy Spring! What an adorable birds nest and eggs. I will be making one for my daughter in law. I am heading to Micheal’s. Just love your site. You make my day come alive. Debra

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