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Making Nests for Wildlife in care

Not all of our carers use these nests but many do find them useful. 

Please find below the instructions for crocheting nests and knitting nests.

All knitted/crocheted nests can be forwarded to:
WIRES
PO Box 7276
WARRINGAH MALL  NSW  2100

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

We then distribute to the local areas where there are carers needing them.

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.

Crocheted Bird Nest

Note: there is a need for different sized nests the pattern below is a guide only.
Several yards of Worsted weight yarn. Hold 2 or 3 strands together for a TIGHT stitch.

Size H hook
Starting ring: Crochet 3 chains using 2 or even 3 strands of yarn held together, and slip stitch last chain to first chain to make a loop or ring.
Round 1: Chain 2 (this counts as your first “stitch), work between 10 – 15 single crochets into the ring (depending on what thickness yarn you are using). Slip stitch the last single crochet to the top stitch in the chain 2 that started this round.

Round 2: Chain 2. Single crochet into each of the next two stitches, then do 2 single crochet’s into the next stitch, single crochet into the next two stitches, then 2 single crochet’s in the the next stitch. And on and on around the circle. Slip stitch your last single crochet into the top of the chain 2 that started this round.

Round 3, 4, 5, 6, and on: Repeat Round 2 over and over, until your circle is at least 7 cm big. You can make your nest with a bottom as small as 7 cm big, up to maybe 15 cm big.

Once you have made the bottom of the nest from 7cm to 15cm big, from all rounds thereafter, crochet ONE single crochet into each stitch. You will see your “sides” begin to form. Crochet until the sides are about 5 – 7cm high. Bind off and weave in loose ends.
Make sure the nest can stand up in a bowl shape on its own.


Knitted Bird Nest

Directions:

On size 5 dpn’s cast on 54 stitches using 2 or 3 strands of yarn so the nests are tightly knit and will stand up in a bowl shape on their own (divide sts up into 18 sts/needle). Work in knit (stockingette is automatic on dpn’s) stitch for approximately 7 cm. Begin decreasing for the crown as follows:

Next row: *K 7, k 2 tog* repeat to end
Next row: *K 6, k 2 tog* repeat to end
Next row: *K 5, k 2 tog* repeat to end
Nest row: *K 4, k 2 tog* repeat to end
Next row: *K 3, k 2 tog* repeat to end
Next row: *K 2, k 2 tog* repeat to end
Next row: *K 1, k 2 tog* repeat to end

Clip off yarn leaving a tail of about 15 cm.
Using yarn needle, slide yarn needle under all stitches on needles, and draw tight to close up the end. Knot 

You can make your nest with a bottom as small as 7 cm big, up to maybe 15 cm big.
The sides should be about 5 – 7cm high. Bind off and weave in loose ends.
Make sure the nest can stand up in a bowl shape on its own.

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