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. 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.
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.
How to Help Animal Rescue Groups in the Devastating Bushfires of Australia
Updated January 20, 2020 – Find where to send your knitted items and financial support:
Donate emergency funds to care for injured wildlife at WWF: WWF’s mission is to halt the decline of threatened plants and animals and to support their recovery. Your financial donation is the most impactful, so please consider helping the animals today with an online financial gift.
Mail knitted items directly to Australia: This is a national animal care organization that actively distributes care packages across Australia directly to where they are needed.
Queensland Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
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Search Animal Rescue Group’s drop-off hubs of knitted items: Locations are listed as hubs to receive handmade items. If you don’t see a hub in your area, please keep checking back as donors are being added to this list in real-time.
Animal Rescue Craft Guild’s Facebook Page: The Rescue Collective and Animal Rescue Collective (ARC) and Animal Rescue Craft Guild are all one team, alongside many rescue groups helping the fire zones across 5 states, backed by a registered charity (MKC). 100% volunteer-run. Their group coordinates the making and supply of craft items that can be used by animal rescues.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS to Knit a Birds Nest
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- 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
- 1 – Size 10.5 US circular needle, 16″ length
- 4 – Size 10.5 double-pointed knitting needles
- Tapestry Needle
- Measuring Tape
KNITTING TECHNIQUES to Knit a Birds Nest
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- Slip Knot
- Cast On
- Knitting with Circular Needles
- K = Knit Stitch
- K2Tog = Knit Two Stitches Together
- Weave-in Yarn Ends
WATCH FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL to Knit a Birds Nest
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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.
3 – Place a marker and make certain not to twist our stitches. Let us begin knitting in the round!
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.
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)
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