Crochet – Big Bird Nesting Bowls

When I was little, Big Bird was definitely one of my favourite Sesame Street characters. It took me a little while to work out what I would create with a Big Bird theme, but in the end, nesting bowls seemed obvious!

The joy of these nesting bowls is that they’re very adaptable. Adding or removing rows will allow you to make different sized bowls and allow for different nesting combinations. You can also try these bowls in different colours!

Big Bird Nesting Bowls

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WHAT DO YOU NEED?

Yarns – Yellow (about a ball) small amounts of pink and blue (I used acrylics, but quite thick ones. You might need to add rows or adjust tension to get the exact size you want)
Hooks – 4mm
Other stuff – scissors

CROCHET (US terminology)

Small Bowl

Big Bird Nesting Bowl: Adventures of a Subversive Reader Big Bird Nesting Bowl: Adventures of a Subversive Reader

Use blue yarn and 4mm hook

Base

Row 1 – Make a magic circle, sc 6 into it, ss to close (6)
Row 2 – Ch 1, increase in each, change to yellow in the ss (12)
Row 3 – Ch 1, [inc, sc] around, ss to close (18)
Row 4 – Ch 1, [sc, inc, sc] around, ss to close (24)
Row 5 – Ch 1, [inc, sc, sc, sc] around, ss to close (30)
Row 6 – Ch 1, [sc, sc, inc, sc, sc] around, ss to close (36)
Row 7 – Ch 1, [inc, sc 5] around, ss to close (42)

Sides

Row 8 – Ch 1, (work in back loop only) sc in each stitch, ss to close (42)
Row 9 – Ch 1, (work in both loops) sc in each stitch, ss to close (42)
Row 10 – Ch 2, hdc in each stitch, ss to close (42)
Row 11 – 14 – Repeat Rows 9 and 10, change to blue on the last ss
Row 15 – Ch 1 – sc in each stitch, ss to close – change to yellow on the ss (42)
Row 16 – Ch 1, [sc, hdc, dc, tc, dc, hdc, sc] six times, fasten off

Middle Bowl

Big Bird Nesting Bowl: Adventures of a Subversive Reader Big Bird Nesting Bowl: Adventures of a Subversive Reader

Use yellow yarn and 4mm hook

Base
(Use back loop only, unless otherwise stated)

Row 1 – Make a magic circle, sc 6 into it, ss to close (6)
Row 2 – Ch 1, increase in each, ss to close (12)
Row 3 – Ch 1, [inc, sc] around, ss to close (18)
Row 4 – Ch 1, [sc, inc, sc] around, ss to close (24)
Row 5 – Ch 1, [inc, sc, sc, sc] around, ss to close (30)
Row 6 – Ch 1, [sc, sc, inc, sc, sc] around, ss to close (36)
Row 7 – Ch 1, [inc, sc 5] around, ss to close (42)
Row 8 – Ch 1, [sc 3, inc, sc 3] around, ss to close (48)

Sides

Row 9 – (front loop only) ch 1, sc in each, ss to close (48)
Row 10 – ch 1, sc in each, ss to close (48)
Row 11 – ch 1, sc in each, ss to close changing to blue (48)
Row 12 – (front loop only) ch 1, sc in each, ss to close, changing to yellow (48)
Row 13 – ch 1, sc in each, ss to close, changing to pink (48)
Row 14 – (front loop only) ch 1, sc in each, ss to close, change to yellow (48)
Row 15 – ch 1, sc in each, ss to close (48)
Row 16 – (creating the posts for crocodile stitch) ch 3, dc in the same spot, ch 2, skip 2, dc two into next stitch, continue around, ss to close (16 pairs of posts)
Row 17 – (crocodile stitch) ch 1, turn basket on side, base facing to your left, dc 5 around the top post, ch 1, rotate basket 180 degrees, dc 5 around the pair of the first post. ch 1, skip the next pair of posts, repeat crocodile stitch around the bowl, ss to close (8 ‘scales’)
Row 18 – ch 1, sc around the top of the basket, fasten off.

Large Bowl

Big Bird Nesting Bowl: Adventures of a Subversive Reader Big Bird Nesting Bowl: Adventures of a Subversive Reader

Use Yellow yarn and 4mm hook

Base

Row 1 – Make a magic circle, sc 6 into it, ss to close (6)
Row 2 – Ch 1, increase in each, ss to close (12)
Row 3 – Ch 1, [inc, sc] around, ss to close (18)
Row 4 – Ch 1, [sc, inc, sc] around, ss to close (24)
Row 5 – Ch 1, [inc, sc, sc, sc] around, ss to close (30)
Row 6 – Ch 1, [sc, sc, inc, sc, sc] around, ss to close (36)
Row 7 – Ch 1, [inc, sc 5] around, ss to close (42)
Row 8 – Ch 1, [sc 3, inc, sc 3] around, ss to close (48)
Row 9 – Ch 1, [inc, sc 7] around, ss to close (54)
Row 10 – Ch 1, [sc 4, inc, sc 4] around, ss to close (60)

Sides

Row 11 – Ch 1, sc around circle in back loops only, ss to close (60)
Row 12 – (creating the posts for crocodile stitch) ch 3, dc in the same spot, ch 2, skip 2, dc two into next stitch, continue around, ss to close (20 posts)
Row 13 –  (crocodile stitch) ch 1, turn basket on side, base facing to your left, dc 5 around the top post, ch 1, rotate basket 180 degrees, dc 5 around the pair of the first post. ch 1, skip the next pair of posts, repeat crocodile stitch around the bowl, ss to close (10 ‘scales’)
Row 14 – ch 1, sc around the top of the basket, fasten off

Big Bird Nesting Bowl: Adventures of a Subversive Reader
Here's the big bowl in a different colour combination!

Here’s the big bowl in a different colour combination!

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