This woolly nest is made from recycled wool suit material (coats or pants). It comes together very quickly and easily, with just a little bit of cutting and crochet. Even if you’ve never crocheted before, the textured style of this sweet seasonal project is very forgiving. Enjoy!
Crocheted Woolly Bird’s Nest
Recycled wool suit coat or pants
Large crochet hook, size K or larger
Cut the material into a continuous strip at about 1” in width, changing direction as necessary to accommodate fabric shape. This will be the “yarn” for crocheting the bird’s nest.
Begin making cuts along the length of fabric yarn in a zig-zag pattern. Cut in about 3/4”, first one side, then the other. Actually, it goes a bit quicker to cut one edge for several cuts, then the other.
When you come to one of the corners where the fabric ends, adjust your zig-zag cuts as necessary to continue down the other side.
Begin crocheting by making one loop using a slip knot. A large hook will suit this project best. The size shown here is T, but sizes K and up will work as well.
Chain 3 stitches, then slip stitch the ends together, creating a circle.
In the middle of the circle, single crochet 9 stitches (or 6, for a smaller nest.)
On the next round, make two single crochets in each stitch, making 18 stitches total (12).
Depending on the desired size of your nest, and the hook you are using, you may be finished at this point! If so, pull the tail through and weave in. Create additional rounds as follows:
:: Single crochet in one stitch, two single crochets in the next stitch* repeat for entire round
:: Single crochet in two stitches, two single crochets in the next stitch* repeat for entire round
:: Single crochet in three stitches, two single crochets in the next stitch* repeat for entire round
You get the idea! If you would like a nest that is a little deeper, you may also add a round of single crochets in each stitch.
The woolly nest is the perfect home for Woolly Eggs, the pattern for which can be found in Rhythm of the Home’s spring 2010 edition.
Kendra Ortner is constantly inspired by the beauty and wonder of the natural world, reclaimed sweaters, thrifted treasures, and her two beautiful children. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her loving partner, keeps an etsy shop at byhandathome and blogs at by hand at home.