Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $12 Adults, $7 Child
Iowa wildlife rehabilitators often take in injured or orphaned baby animals. The nests you make will aid in the care and rehabilitation of these babies. This is also a great project for Scout groups or others learning to crochet or knit. The final project can be lopsided or crooked - no one minds!
Please use yarns that are not too "snaggy," double up your yarn and stitch in very tight stitches. Colors do no matter. The babies do not care what their nests look like.
To begin, chain 3, join (with a slip stitch) to form ring.
Round 1: Chain 2 (this counts as your first "stitch), work between 10 – 15 single crochets into the 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.
On size 5 dpn’s cast on 54 stitches (dividing 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 of 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.
When completed, please mail or bring to: Blank Park Zoo
Attention: Conservation Committee
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
Thank you for your support, time, and talent!
Also, thank you to our friends at Virginia Beach SPCA Wildlife Program for all this helpful information.