Thursday, April 7, 2011

Robin's Eggs and Nest

My oldest daughter wanted to have a Robin's Nest.  This is for something special that is coming up.  For now I will stick with the actual nest.  As much as I love sewing, I have also discovered a new love, crocheting.  I decided to use this new skill that I am learning to create the eggs and nest.

I looked around the internet and found plenty of patterns for wonderful crochet eggs, unfortunately they were all about the size of a chicken egg, not what I was looking for.  So, I set to work at creating my own pattern.

This is what I came up with:
WARNING: I believe the egg in front is bigger than the others and bigger than the one in the pattern):

If you are interested in making this little nest, here is the pattern that I came up with.  Let me know if you spot any mistakes, this is the first time I have written a pattern.

Note: I did not like the way the eggs looked when I stuffed them with polyfill, so since the eggs are small I stuffed them with the yarn that I used to crochet them.

ch: chain
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
sl st = slip stitch

Robin’s Egg
Hook Size: 4mm
Approximate size of finished egg: 1.5 inches

Make a magic ring, ch 1
Rnd 1:  6 sc in magic ring = 6 st
Rnd 2:  2 sc in each st around = 12 st
Rnd 3:  (sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st) 2 times = 14
Rnd 4: sc in each st around = 14
Rnd 5:  (sc in next 5 st, sc2tog) 2 times = 12 st
Rnd 6: sc2tog 6 times = 6 st – add stuffing through hole
Rnd 7: sc2tog, skip st, sl st in next 2 st and fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Make as many as desired.

Bird's Nest
Hook Size: 6.5mm
Unfortunately, I do not have an exact pattern, but this will work beautifully.  If I make another, I will keep track of my stitches.
Hold 3 strands of yarn together for a tight stitch.
ch 3 and sl st into first chain to make a loop or ring
Rnd 1: ch 2, work as many sc as you can into the ring (I had 7 - this will depend on the thickness of your yarn). sl st into top of ch 2.
At this point, I began crocheting in a continuous round.
Rnd 2 and on: (sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st) repeat until you have the width you desire for the bottom of your nest.     
Final Rnds: This will form the sides of your nest. sc in each st until your sides are the height you desire. 
Last Rnd: sl st in each st around.  Fasten off.  Weave in loose ends.                                           
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