Making crocheted nests

Making crocheted nests

Many chicks and fledgling birds come into care with WIRES Northern Rivers, in many cases we can successfully reunite these orphans with the parent birds, but sadly with some this is not possible and the orphan is taken into care.  These crocheted nests are ideal to keep the chicks warm and snug. They are easy to make and are basically a beanie pattern but with a flat base. 

Using double thickness wool and longer sides so they can be folded over gives the nests a firmer shape. A variety of sizes enable the nests to be used for different sized species of birds.

We welcome any donated crocheted nests. We can arrange pickup from any Northern Rivers location; just send us an email.

If donated items are coming from outside our region, they can be sent in a postbag to WIRES PO Box 1356 Lismore 2480.

Crocheted Nest Pattern

Size H or 5mm crochet hook

Starting ring: crochet 3 chains using 2 or 3 threads of pure wool or cotton yarn held together, slip stitch last chain to first chain to make a ring.

Round 1: Chain 2 ( this counts as your first stitch), work between 10-15 single crochets into the ring ( depending on the thickness of the yarn). 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 the next two stitches, then do 2 single crochets into the next stitch, single crochet into the next two stitches, then 2 single crochets in the next stitch. Repeat this 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 until your circle is at least 7cm to 15cm, for each following round crochet 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.