INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Group announced this week they’re looking for folks who can knit or crochet wildlife rescue nests for their baby birds. (Squeal!)

Organizers said the homemade nests will serve as a safe haven for rescued birds at the center. 

Crocheted Artificial Bird Nest Directions: 

  • 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 th 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 3” big. You can make your nest with a bottom as small as 3” big, up to maybe 6” big.
  • Once you have made the bottom of the nest from 3” to 6” 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 2 – 3” high. Bind off and weave in loose ends

Knitted Artificial 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 3 inches. 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 6 inches.
  • Using yarn needle, slide yarn needle under all stitches on needles, and draw tight to close up the end. Knot 

If you like to knit or crochet these nests for baby birds, please mail them to: 

Po box 1484
Indian trail NC 28079

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