Bird’s Nest Bowl Set

Kids have the funniest requests sometimes! My youngest was given a Beanie Baby Pelican recently, and just fell in love. Within the day he was insisting I make his new pal a nest. And every day until I got the chance to make it, he complained how very exhausted the bird was getting, without a chance to sleep! Finally, I made one… and then I couldn’t resist making a few more!

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I whipped up a set of these bowls in just an evening, and in three sizes that “nest” together they’re good for lots more than stuffed animal sleeping quarters! They’ve got flat bottoms so they don’t tip over, and made with super chunky yarn they’re very nearly instant gratification. Simple stitches, with textured sides to keep them interesting (and dare I say “nest-ish”?), these bowls makes a great gift, are a fun way to organize all that clutter, and add a pop of color wherever they go.

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Bird’s Nest Bowl Set

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  • 150 yards super bulky yarn (Hometown USA shown)
  • US-M/N, 9.00mm hook, or US-L, 8.00mm if needed to produce firm fabric
  • Yarn needle for thick yarn (regular yarn needles just can’t handle the thick stuff!)

SMALL BOWL: (5 inch diameter)

Round 1: Make a magic circle and hdc 9 times in the circle. Join with a sl st. (9 hdc)

Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 hdc in each st. Join. (18 hdc)

Round 3: Ch 1. [Hdc in the next st, then 2 hdc in the next st] 9 times. Join. (27 hdc)

Round 4: Ch 1. [Hdc in the next 2 sts, then 2 hdc in the next st] 9 times. Join. (36 hdc)

Round 5: Turn (the only turn) and ch 1. Sc even in BLO around. Join. (36 sc)

Round 6: Ch 1. *[Sc, dc] in the next st. Skip the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join. (36 sts)

Round 7: Repeat Round 6. Finish off with seamless join.

MEDIUM BOWL: (6 inch diameter)

Rounds 1-4: Repeat Rounds 1-4 of Small Bowl Instructions.

Round 5: Ch 1. [Work 2 hdc in the next st, then hdc in the next 3 sts] 9 times. Join. (45 hdc)

Round 6: Turn (the only turn) and ch 1. Sc in the BLO of each st AND in the turning ch. Join. (46 sc)

Rounds 7-9: Ch 1. *[Sc, dc] in the next st. Skip the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join. (46 sts) Finish off with seamless join.

LARGE BOWL: (7 inch diameter)

Rounds 1-5: Repeat Rounds 1-5 of Medium Bowl Instructions.

Round 6: Ch 1. [Hdc in the next 2 sts, then 2 hdc in the next st, then hdc in the next 2 sts] 9 times. Join. (54 hdc)

Round 7: Turn (the only turn) and ch 1. Sc even in BLO around. Join. (54 sc)

Round 8-11: Ch 1. *[Sc, dc] in the next st. Skip the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join. (54 sts) Finish off with seamless join.

EXTRA LARGE BOWL: (Approx. 8 inch diameter, not shown – added at reader request)

Rounds 1-6: Repeat Rounds 1-6 of Large Bowl Instructions.

Round 7: Ch 1. [Hdc in the next 5 sts, then 2 hdc in the next st] 9 times. Join. (63 hdc)

Round 8: Turn (the only turn) and ch 1. Sc even in BLO around. Join. (63 sc)

Round 9-13: Ch 1. *[Sc, dc] in the next st. Skip the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join. (63 sts) Finish off with seamless join.

I can’t wait to make more of these! Filled with homemade treats they’ll be a welcome addition to any gift – and it’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays. And how cute would they be filled with tiny yarn balls! They’re so very fast to make there’s no reason not to make dozens. Of course, you don’t have to use super bulky yarn either. Made up in worsted with a G hook, you’d have sweet little trinket bowls – great for the nightstand or next to the sink. I hope you enjoy this free crochet container pattern! It hasn’t been tested, so if you spot any mistakes, please let me know. How do you plan on filling your Bird’s Nest Bowl Set?

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  1. 2

    says

    What a super idea to fill it with treats! Or maybe homemade soap… or cookies… the possibilities are endless!

    Thanks for this super pattern! It is so cool that you offer up all of these for free, you are the best!!!!!!!

  2. 14

    says

    What a clever idea. These will make for great Christmas gifts along with Dish Towels with towel toppers, crochet dishcloths, and crochet pot pads. Thanks!!!

  3. 16

    says

    HI!

    I was searching for a pattern to make my supervisor a candy bowl, and came across your website.
    Thanks to your pattern I made a large bowl in about 30 min. I’m so in love with your website. Can’t wait to try the other patterns you posted.

    • 19

      moogly says

      I’m sorry Jenn – I’m not sure what you mean by snug. Do you mean in relation to each other? They aren’t that snug to each other, there’s a bit of room between them, though the photos may not show that. If you’re referring to the sides not being stiff enough, then it’s likely we just have different tensions/gauges – try going down a hook size or two and see if you like the results better!

  4. 22

    Vini says

    Cute idea! Thanks for the pattern and I really like your PDF generator. I look forward to making these after the holiday rush is over.

  5. 24

    Erica says

    My very first crochet project complete. Thank you so much for this fantastic project, it was really fun watching it form and turn into something usable. Again thanks it has really fuled the desire to delve into the world of crochet xx ps i loved the youtube links, would have been lost without them!

  6. 27

    nina stasiowski says

    ********Very Important I am trying to make these this weekend for a party next week I love them so much…..

    Hi, Can you send me instructions on how to turn my work in row 5 for the small bowl. I keep getting an uneven seem. Thanks

    • 29

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi nina! The turn in Round 5 is just flipping your work over to work from the other side – as if you were working back and forth in rows, instead of in the round. It keeps the right side of the bottom facing up. You don’t actually have to turn here if you don’t want to – it just means the WS of the sts will face up for the bowl. But if you’re filling it, it doesn’t really matter. :)

  7. 30

    TM says

    I am ALWAYS leaving a mess of yarn bits wherever I crochet. There sill be a trail of yarn on my bed or on the floor next to my bed. I was looking for something to contain mu scrap pieces. I googles crochet yarn bowls and found your pattern. As I am at work I only had a small supply on hand, so I followed your pattern using an N hook and all three strands of the colors in my bag and came out with a terrific bowl!

    A MILLION THANKS!!!

  8. 33

    Lori Johnson says

    Super cute, thanks for the pattern. I can’t wait to make a few for Christmas gifts. I love your patterns, thanks for sharing.

  9. 36

    says

    My daughter is getting ready to move out on her own. Soooo…to symbolize my empty nest syndrom (snif snif) I am making her a set of these in red and black, her favorite colors. She will love and hopefully think of me every time she uses them. Thank youso much for posting this pattern..

    • 39

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’m afraid I don’t know much about actual crocheted birds nests. If this pattern would work then you’d just need to keep working up the sides to make it tall enough.

  10. 40

    michelle says

    Great pattern, thank you! I made the small bowl and I love it! Only thing that I changed was adding crab stitch to the top. How do you seamlessly join/end a crab stitch anyway?That was the only thing that didn’t turn out right.

    • 41

      Tamara Kelly says

      Pretty much like you do for a normal stitch, but of course going the other direction. It takes some playing around to get it to mimic the look. :) Thank you Michelle!

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