How to Make a Crochet Faux Hornets' Nest
Source: I have seen patterns for these but made my own.
- 2 oz gray or tan yarn ($.25)
- size J hook
- 10-15 plastic bags
- darning needle
- With your yarn, chain 2 and make 12 more half doubles and join. By kind of "passing over" the chain 2 and slip stitching in the first stitch of the first half double, you are making a smoother join. Thus the 13 actually comes out to be 12.
- For rows 2-8 increase the number of half doubles by 12 for second, 12 for third and so forth. In other words, make 24 for row 2, 36 for row 3, 48 for row 4, etc.
- By row 8 you should have the same base as you would for a hat. Now, you begin making a half double in each around for about 12 rows.
- I used a stitch where I randomly used the two in the stitch below and the back loop "and the loop behind that one" for some of each row. This not only gives it a look of authenticity, but makes it stronger.
- When I say "the loop behind it" I mean that loop you can't see, but can catch with your hook. I never trust using just one loop of the stitch I am working in, as it stretches too much.
- As for "authenticity", I mean that no two nests are the same. So this makes them seem "real".
- When your work is about 9" long, begin decreasing by 2 per row. This means you make a stitch into the next stitch, draw up one loop, then do that again for the next stitch and draw them both together. This decreases your stitches as you go. Leave enough room to stuff with bags. Make the bags a bit "un-uniform" as they make it more authentic, too.
- Leave an 8" or so tail and then use your darning needle to weave the tail around the edge and draw string it closed. Keep a small loop to hang. N-JOY!!
PS: I highly recommend doing a good coat of either shellac or Scotchgard. This will keep it nice for summers to come!
With Spring here and Summer making their return, so are Wasps and Hornets. By now, we all know how important all species of bees are. While some may not be as cute and fuzzy as others, it's important we do what we can to coexist with them outside and not cause them harm. This decoy nest will deter Wasps and Hornets who create hanging nests from making their home on your porch or in your yard.
This is great and safe alternative to sprays and pesticides.
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Yarn and Inspiration:
A friend of mine requested I make her one of these for her yard, after doing some research I saw that they actually work! I set out to find a pattern, but was unable to find one that I liked, or felt would hold up while out in the elements. So, I set out to make my own.
I chose Bernat Maker Outdoor because its a durable Nylon / Acrylic blend and is specifically made to work in an outdoor setting. The yarn is a bulky, 5 weight, and comes in a variety of colors (don't be afraid to get creative with the colors you choose!).
1 Skein Bernat Maker Outdoor in Summer Storm Grey
Size K/6.5mm Crochet Hook
16sts x 12 rows (in repeat row pattern) = 4x4 inch
Finished Size: Approx. 12 inches in length, 10 in diameter
Easy - knowledge of basic crochet, increases and decreases required
- Body is worked in the round and joined with a SS at the end of each row. Do not turn
- Strap will be worked in rows, turning at the end.
- Repeat stitch pattern between * *
- Total stitch count will appear in () at the end of each row
- Chain 1 & 2 at the beginning of each round does not count as a stitch
- Slipped stitch does not count as a stitch.
- Each new row will begin in the same stitch you slipped into to join the round.
- Special Stitch: SC in the 3rd loop
Abreviations: US crochet terminology
- SC: Single Crochet
- SS: Slip Stitch
- CH: Chain
- INC: Increase
- DEC: Decrease
- DC: Double Crochet
- HDC: Half Double Crochet
- MR: Magic Ring
- F/O: Fasten Off
1: DC 8 in MR (if you prefer, chain 3 and join in place of the MR) SS to join (8)
2: CH 1, 2 HDC around. SS to join (16)
3: CH 1, 1 SC in 3rd loop of previous rows HDC (16)
How to SC in the 3rd loop
4: CH 2, *DC into the first stitch, INC in the next* Repeat * * until the end of the round. Slip into 1st stitch of the round to join (24)
5: CH 1, *1 HDC in next two stitches, INC in the next* Repeat * * until the end of the round. Slip into 1st stitch of the round to join (32)
6: CH 1, 1 SC in 3rd loop of previous rows HDC (32)
7: CH 2, *1 DC in the next 3 stitches, INC in the next* Repeat * * until the end of the round. Slip into 1st stitch of the round to join (40)
8: CH 1, *1 HDC in the next 4 stitches, INC in the next* Repeat * * until the end of the round. Slip into 1st stitch of the round to join (48)
9: CH 1, 1 SC in 3rd loop of previous rows HDC . SS to join (48)
10: CH 2, 1 DC in each stitch around. SS to join (48)
11: CH 1, 1 HDC in each stitch around. SS to join (48)
12: CH 1, 1 SC in 3rd loop of previous rows HDC . SS to join (48)
Repeat Rows 10-12 3 more times
22: CH 2, *1 DC in next 4 stitches, DEC in the next* Repeat * * until the end of the round. Slip into 1st stitch of the round to join (40)
23: CH 1, *1 HDC in the next 3 stitches, DEC in the next* Repeat * * until the end of the round. Slip into 1st stitch of the round to join. (32)
24: CH 1, 1 SC in 3rd loop of previous rows HDC (32)
25: CH 2, *1 DC in next 2 stitches, DEC in the next* Repeat * * until the end of the round. Slip into 1st stitch of the round to join (24)
*Begin stuffing. Stuffing does not have to be perfect, it will look more natural if its not.*
26: CH 1,*1 HDC in first stitch, DEC in the next* Repeat * * until the end of the round. Slip into 1st stitch of the round to join (16)
27: CH 1, SC DEC in each stitch around. SS to join (8) - Note* this row of SC is not worked into the 3rd loop.
1: CH 1, SC in the next 4 stitches. CH 1 and turn (4)
2: 1 SC in each stitch. CH 1 and turn (4)
3 - 16: Repeat Row 2
F/O and leave a long tail for sewing. Attach the strap to the 4 stitches left over from Round 27 of the body. Add any additional stuffing. Without cutting the yarn, sew the top of Round 27 together, closing the gap.
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Having a hornet’s nest anywhere around your home is no fun, but did you know you can hang up a crochet version to act as a natural deterrent?
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Now the weather is warming up and we’re spending more time with the doors and windows open a few buzzing insects are sneaking inside.
We’re lucky enough not to have hornets at home, but if you have them you’re probably wondering how you can deal with the problem in a natural way.
Well I spotted this genius idea on Facebook earlier today.
When Sandy got tired of hornets trying to take over her outdoor patio four years ago she crocheted a fake nest and hung it up in a corner.
And she hasn’t had a single hornet since!
It turns out that hornets are territorial (and aren’t quite clever enough to tell a real nest from a fake one…)
If you want to make one for your own patio or outdoor space you can download a crochet pattern here.
The pattern includes instructions for multiple sizes so this will work for wasps and hornets.
It works best with a size H crochet hook and $4 weight yarn.
This really is a brilliant idea. It keeps your home free of these stinging pests without the use of any toxic chemicals.
Four years ago, Sandy Kendall Dennis had a major pest problem at her house. She would walk out of her front door and see a huge hornet’s nest hanging in one of the corners of her porch. No matter how many times she got rid of it, eventually, the pesky insects would start the rebuilding process.
Trying to get rid of wasps or hornets can be a challenge. Sure, you can call in an exterminator. That can be expensive, though. Also, not everyone is a fan of using chemicals as a form of pest control.
Dennis knew she needed to find a permanent solution to a recurring problem without resorting to spraying poisons on her home. After some research, she found a crafty way to wipe out the wasps and hornets. What was this mighty weapon? A crochet hook and some yarn! She used these two simple things to make her own hornet’s nest!
Dennis shared her home-crafted hornet’s nest on Facebook.
It might sound crazy to actually crochet a hornet’s nest to sit on your front porch. But, there seems to be some science behind the stitched hive. A number of hornet and wasp species live in colonies, and they can be very territorial. In fact, many do not like to build a new paper nest if there is another colony within 200 feet.
That’s when Dennis got busy as a bee and crocheted a decoy hornets’ nest. Since putting it outside her home four years ago, she has not had any new hornet colonies taking up residence nearby.
Her Facebook post recently grabbed a lot of attention, especially since the spring weather is starting to bring out all the things that buzz. The post has had more than 18,000 likes, 116,000 shares, and 10,000 comments. Dennis updated the original post to express her thanks to the overwhelming response.
She has also received many inquiries about sharing her pattern or crocheting these decoy nests for sale to others.
“Thank you for all the private messages, over 3,000!” she wrote. “And I am trying to answer them all, so please be patient as I work my way through them.”
However, you should know that researchers are skeptical about this tactic. Canada’s Science World reports that while there are anecdotal success stories about decoy nests, not everyone can expect the same outcome. That’s because there are so many kinds of wasps and hornets with different behaviors and isolation preferences (and it’s not always easy to tell species apart!). In fact, some similar insects, such as yellow jackets, live underground, so decoys like the above might not affect them at all. Variables such as weather and food availability influence success as well.
Still, with such results, others have followed Dennis’ lead and are posting their efforts on social media. @crochetrochelle’s is testing the effectiveness of hers, for example.
And @susko.0 made this one last year but no word yet on whether it’s worked.
When we searched for how to make these, we found a variety of patterns on sites like ThiftyFun.com and Ravelry. If you’re not exactly the crafty type, you can visit Etsy for a variety of ready-made faux hornets’ nests!
Will you try one of these to take the sting out of spring?
Free crochet hornets pattern nest
Crocheted Plarn Hornet’s Nest
These are used to deter hornets and bees such as Carpenter Bees. This pattern will make one that approximately measures 10 inches tall and 22 inches around the widest part. It can be adjust to make one any size by adding or subtracting rows.
To crochet this I used Plarn I made form Kroger grocery bags cut into 1 inch strips.
This used 19 bags.
Tan plastic bags
5 mm hook
3 to 4 inch Small plastic lid
Wire for hanging
The scraps from the bags + more bags for stuffing.
12 single crochets into a magic circle.
Row 1. Single in each stitch
Row 2. 2 singles in each stitch
Row 3. 1 single in first stitch, 2 in next all the way around
Row 4. 1 single in each stitch all the way around
Row 5. 1 single in next 3 stitches, 2 in next stitch all the way around
Row 6. Single in each stitch
Row 7. 1 single in next 5 stitches, 2 in next stitch all the way around
Row 8. 1 single in each stitch all the way around
Row9. 1 single in next 7 stitches, 2 in next stitch all the way around
Row 10 1 single in each stitch all the way around
Row 11. 1 single in next 7 stitches, 2 in next stitch all the way around
(If you want a narrower nest proceed as follows, if you want a fatter nest repeat Rows 10 and 11 1 or 2 more times, then proceed with pattern)
No more rows from here on, crochet in the round for another 3 or 4 inches.
1 decrease stitch, 1 single in next 10 stitches, 1 decrease stitch until there is a 4inch opening,
At this point I took a 3 to 4 inches small plastic lid poked 2 holes in it, poked a wire though the holes, put the wire through the hole in top to hang. Then start stuffing with plastic bags.
Finish crocheting until the hole is about 2 inches, tie off, finish stuffing and hang with top as close to what you are hanging it form.
Please do not sell this pattern or claim it as your own. You may share it.
If you make these and sell them, please donate a portion of the proceeds to your local animal shelter or rescue. Most rely on donations to operate and have a hard time in the
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