With Easter and Spring around the corner I have been thinking a lot about eggs, birds and nests. Last year I knit and then felted all my children nests for their easter treats. This year I wanted to do something slightly different using some fabric from my scrap pile. I decided to knit a nest from fabric. I made this up as I went along so the instructions are not very detailed. Nests come in all different shapes and sizes just like people so I don't think you can mess up too badly. The first step is quite fun and I am sure you can enlist some little helpers for this. You need to tear your fabric into strips of approximately 2 cm width. Don't cut, tear it really makes a difference in the appearance. Have you ever seen a bird with scissors or God forbid a rotary cutter. When you need to join the strip just tie a knot leaving some ends. These will add character to your finished product.
Join the round and knit for about 4 rounds before starting the decreases. Knit 4 stitches and then knit the next 2 stitches together (k2tog) and repeat this until you have completed a round. You have decreased 6 stitches. Knit a round . Next round knit 3 stitches and then k2tog and repeat this until you have completed the round , again you have decreased 6 stitches. Knit one round. Next round knit 2 stitches and k2tog , repeat this until the end of the round. Knit one round. Knit 1 and then k2tog and repeat until the end of the round . Knit one round. You should have a total of 12 stitches left on three needles. Cut your rag strip about 12 inches long and thread it onto a yarn needle. Thread it through each stitch and pull to gather up the last 12 stitches tightly. Fasten the end .
You can knit other things with rags. It is a great way of using up old sheets or worn out clothing . A few years ago I knit summer bags for my daughters to hold their knitting projects. I called then rag bags. Here is a picture of Deborah's bag.