How to Knit a Birds Nest for Rescued Wildlife Animals

Learn how to easily knit a birds nest to help rehabilitate abandoned baby chicks and rodents rescued from emergency situations. This project is perfect for experienced beginners comfortable knitting in the round on circular needles.

Get my entire written knitting pattern below to quickly knit this medium-sized nest. I also have a comprehensive video tutorial to help you immediately start knitting for these sweet animals in need.

Knitted Bird Nest in blue colored yarn with three baby chicks inside with mouths open to feed.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS to Knit a Birds Nest

Birds nests must be knit tightly, so little beaks and claws don’t get caught in loose stitches. As such, we are going to knit with our bulky weight yarn held double. The finished nest measures approximately 4″ tall x 6″ diameter.

Wool Yarn – Bulky Weight #5
80 grams in any fiber or color of your choice.
My Sample pictured were knitted up with Patons Classic Wool Roving that I had previously dyed different colors using Kool-Aid

Size 10.5 US circular needle, 16″ length

Size 10.5 double-pointed knitting needles

Tapestry Needle


Measuring Tape

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How to Knit a Medium-Sized Unfelted Nest for Wildlife

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

1 – Knit Double-Stranded, with two strands of yarn. Doubling up on our yarn helps the nest to be sturdy and durable.

Hands with purple yarn strands on a table

2 – Make a SLIP KNOT and CAST ON 40 stitches onto your circular needle using the simple long-tail cast on method holding your yarn double.

Hands holding a circular knitting needle with purple yarn

3 – Place a marker and make certain not to twist our stitches. Let us begin knitting in the round!

Hands holding blue yarn stitch marker
Hands holding purple knitted nest

4 – Once we have knitted the Stockinette Stitch in the round for about 20 rows, or until your nest reaches at least 4 inches in height, it is time to begin our decreases.

Measuring tape of four inches with striped knitted nest

5 – Switch to double pointed needles for your decreases divided in multiples of 8 stitches ( 16 / 16 / 8 ).

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)
Hands holding knitted nest on Double Pointed Knitting Needles

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

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