how to knit a bird nest

Please include your email address when you send nests to us so that we can thank you, send photos of nests in use and emails when we have other knitting projects that you may be able to help with.

For knitted pouches and pouch liners we do have a requirement that only breathable natural materials can be used with wildlife, that means 100% wool or 100% cotton. For the wildlife nests they are open not enclosed and therefore while our preference is for natural materials we can accept acrylic wool nests as well.


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FINISHED NEST SIZE: Approximately 4″ tall x 6″ diameter.

1 – Knit Double-Stranded, with two strands of yarn. Doubling up on the yarn makes the nest more robust and long-lasting.

2. Using the basic long-tail cast-on method while holding your yarn double, make a slip knot and CAST ON 40 stitches onto your circular needle.

3. Mark the spot and take care not to twist your stitches. Let us begin knitting in the round!.

4-Now that we have worked the Stockinette Stitch in the round for approximately 20 rows, or until the height of your nest is at least 4 inches, it’s time to start the decreases.

5 – For your decreases, which are divided into multiples of 8 stitches (16 / 16 / 8), switch to double pointed needles.

Repeat pattern between the asterisks * *.

  • Row 1: * K6, K2Tog * (35 stitches remain)
  • Row 2: * K5, K2Tog * (30 stitches remain)
  • Row 3: * K4, K2Tog * (25 stitches remain)
  • Row 4: * K3, K2Tog * (20 stitches remain)
  • Row 5: * K2, K2Tog * (15 stitches remain)
  • Row 6: * K1, K2Tog * (10 stitches remain)
  • Row 7: * K2Tog * (5 stitches remain)

6- Break the yarn, leaving a tail of about 10 inches. With your tapestry needle, weave it through your remaining stitches. Weave the yarn through and break it off. You are done!.

When you send us nests, please include your email address so that we can send you a thank-you note, send pictures of the nests in use, and send you an email whenever we have other knitting projects that we might need your assistance with.

To ensure that the nests are tightly knit and can stand up in a bowl shape on their own, cast on 54 stitches on size 5 DPNs using two or three strands of yarn (split sts into 18 sts/needle). Work in knit stitch for about 7 cm (stockingette is automatically done on DPNs). Begin decreasing for the crown as follows:

Round 2: Chain 2. The next two stitches should be single crocheted into, followed by two single crochets into the next stitch, two single crochets into the next stitch, and so on. Repeat this around the circle. Your final single crochet should be slip stitched into the top of the chain 2 that began this round.

Rounds 3, 4, 5, 6, and so forth: Work in rounds 2 until your circle measures between 7 and 15 cm. In each round that follows, work ONE single crochet into each stitch. You will see the sides begin to form. Crochet until the sides are about 5-7cm high. Bind off and weave in the loose ends.

We do have a requirement that only breathable natural materials be used with wildlife for knitted pouches and pouch liners, which translates to 2010.0% wool or 2010.0% cotton. Because wildlife nests are open rather than enclosed, we can accept acrylic wool nests even though we prefer natural materials.