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Picture of Bird Roosting Pocket

When the Polar Vortex decided to turn New England into a deep freezer, the birds that I regularly feed always looked cold. They would fluff their feathers as much as they could and hunker down as low as possible to minimize the wind effects. The final straw was a Carolina Wren hiding under a board on my daughter's deck. That tiny bird was doing its best to stay warm and ALIVE, and I felt compelled to do something to help. I know there are a variety of roosting pockets and houses available for sale, but I love to crochet and I knew I could make something similar. That is how this project was born.

Note: You’ll need to know basic crochet techniques and stitches to complete this Instructable.

Materials Needed:

  • Approximately 150 yards of Chunky weight (# 5) yarn. (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky because it’s a great combination of wool and acrylic, wool for the warmth even when wet and acrylic for easy care.)
  • a 6.0 or 6.5mm crochet hook (US size J – 10 or K – 10½) or size appropriate for the yarn to be used
  • a pair of scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • bamboo skewers (or any small diameter wood sticks, including actual tree branches)


Step 1:

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Rnd 1: Magic circle (or whatever your preferred starting ring might be), ch-1, 10 HDC in center of ring; sl st to top of 1st HDC. (10 sts)

Thanks for sharing
randofo6 months ago
On behalf of birds everywhere, thank you. ;)