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Stained Glass Look Bird Design Afghan Square Free Pattern

A colorful variegated yarn on black gives the look of stained glass to this bird design. When choosing a variegated yarn to use for the look of stained glass, it works best to choose one which has very short lengths between color changes. The yarn that I used in the example changes color about every 3 inches on the yarn strands.

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Materials Used In This Example
Worsted weight yarn in the following colors:
Variegated - Red Heart Super Saver Color No. 0723 Pinata
US size G hook

Finished Size: 5 inches wide (before adding an outside round)

Gauge: 4 sc = 1 inch, 5 rows = 1 inch

ch = chain
ea = each
sc = single crochet

To Begin: Chain 21.
Row 1 on chart: sc in 2nd ch from hook. sc in ea chain across. (20 sc)
Rows 2 - 5 on chart: ch 1 (to turn), sc in ea sc across. (20 sc)
Row 6 on chart and continuing: On row 6, you will begin to add the second color. Read the chart as one square on the chart equals one single crochet stitch. On this row and on every row, you will start the row with a ch 1 (to turn) and sc in ea sc across, making the color changes as indicated on the chart. If you need help with changing colors, see the links in the Related Resources box on the right above.

Read the chart as one square on the chart = one single crochet stitch:

When finished, end off. Weave in ends.

Another Method: If you prefer cross stitch instead of changing colors in crochet, you could make a crocheted background of single crochet in one solid color, then cross stitch the bird on the finished square. To make a background the same size as the chart, your starting chain would be 21 chains. Single crochet for 22 rows. How To Cross Stitch on Single Crochet. Or ... if you enjoy crocheting in afghan stitch (to do cross stitch on), your starting chain would be 20 chains (because there is no turning chain in afghan stitch).

Adapted from an antique filet crochet design published in the year 1915 (the copyright on the original form of that bird design has expired. That 1915 publication has fallen into public domain). I revised, recharted and recreated from the inspiration given by that antique filet crochet design.

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