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Sparrow’s Nest

 My love affair with spring is in full bloom this year and is evidenced here by this quick little knit. A fuzzy nest of pale blue eggs is exactly what spring is about, delicate beauty and budding life. Unlike all of our practical knitting concerns, like warm hats and machine washable baby blankets, this project is perfectly frivolous. Perched on a mantel or a windowsill, it will simply make you smile.

To achieve a nest-like fuzziness, I used Lorna's Glory, a blend of wool and mohair. Its hand dyed color sways from a rosy copper to a greenish lichen, just like the wild medley of a real nest. For the eggs I used three different light weight yarns (Manos del Uruguay's Serena, Blue Sky Alpaca's Silk Alpaca, and The Fibre Company's Canopy) in delicate shades of blue and teal.

 

 

The Materials

For The Nest

  • 1 skein of Lorna's Glory, a Mohair/Wool blend. I used the color "Chino". (You can make two or three nests with one skein.)

For The Eggs

  • Small amounts of fingering weight and/or sport weight yarn. I used (from the top):
    • Manos del Uruguay's Serena, 60% Baby Alpaca and 40% Pima Cotton (fingering weight). This color is "Glacier 2318".
    • Blue Sky Alpaca's Silk Alpaca, 50% Alpaca and 50% Silk (sport weight). This color is "Plume 103".
    • The Fibre Company's Canopy Fingering, 50% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino and 20% Bamboo (fingering weight). This color is "Fern".

 

The Patterns

 

NEST

 

Gauge

 4 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Finished Size

4 3/4 inches in diameter and 2 inches high

First Half

Cast 8 stitches onto US #8 double pointed needles.

Join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: Knit into the front and back (kfb) of every stitch. (16 stitches)

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K1, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K2, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (32 stitches)

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K3, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (40 stitches)

Round 8: Knit.

Round 9: *K4, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (48 stitches)

Round 10: Knit.

Round 11: *K5, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (56 stitches)

Knit 8 rounds.

Purl 1 round.

Second Half

Rounds 1-5: Knit.

Round 6: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (48 stitches)

Round 7: Knit.

Round 8: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (40 stitches)

Round 9: Knit.

Round 10: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (32 stitches)

Round 11: Knit.

Round 12: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)

Round 13: Knit.

Round 14: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (16 stitches)

Round 15: Knit.

Round 16: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (8 stitches)

Cut the yarn and sew it through the remaining stitches.

Finish

Fold the second half into the first half and tack the centers together. Weave in the ends.

EGGS

 

Gauge

7 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch with fingering weight yarn

Finished Size

About 1 1/4 inches tall

Pattern

With US #2 double pointed needles and fingering weight yarn, cast on 8 stitches.

Join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches. 

Round 1: *K1, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (12 stitches)

Round 2: *K2, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (16 stitches)

Round 3: *K3, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (20 stitches)

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K4, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)

Rounds 6-10: Knit.

Round 11: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (20 stitches)

Round 12: Knit.

Round 13: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (16 stitches)

Round 14: Knit

Round 15: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (12 stitches)

Round 16: Knit.

Round 17: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (8 stitches)

Cut the yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches, but do not pull it tight yet. First fill the egg with stuffing, then you can pull the tail tight and weave in the ends.

Make a bunch of eggs, enough to fill the nest and to sprinkle around. I made six...

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9 Responses to Sparrow’s Nest


  1. Ruth B says:

    I absolutely love this nest! I am moving soon and I will be nesting in my new home. I think I need a nest in my nest!! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Whit, you get your inspiration from nature, I get my inspiration from YOU! You are a genius with needles and an artist to the very core! Thank you for this lovely inspiration! I absolutely ADORE all Whit Knits, and this time you have even outdone yourself! My daughter loves all things birds, and with a wee little one now added to her family, this is a sweet reminder of all the hope and promise that starts from a simple beginning. Thank you!

  3. mondayjane says:

    Wow, what an absolutely lovely thing to make and give. Thank you so much!

  4. Sara O says:

    I don't know how to knit but was sent here by a friend's link. What a beautiful little nest that is! And photos on your site are lovely too.

  5. Kim says:

    Wow, beautiful, I love it!!

  6. Mary says:

    Sent over here from Ginny's blog Small Things and I'm SO glad she linked it! I love this! I'm going to be making the size a bit bigger and using different colors for Easter eggs :) Thank you so much for sharing the pattern! You do beautiful work.

  7. LundyH says:

    I'll be making a nest for Mom for Mother's Day. Six eggs to symbolize six children. Thanks for the beautiful project! I love your patterns.

  8. Meryl says:

    I absolutely LOVE this and have just finished my first (of many!) Thank you Whitney!

  9. Nancy says:

    This is the best web site…….it has everything I need right here. I love all the patterns, other crafts….all the things I love doing. Thanks for this lovely web site.

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