Little Bird No. 1 Free Chart
For Filet Crochet and Cross-stitch
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This is the first of two little bird charts (same size, so they can be combined in a project). You could work the chart in filet crochet or use this same chart to cross-stitch this design in solid color silhouette on a single crochet or afghan stitch background.
Above is shown an example of this chart done in cross-stitch on a single crochet background. Starting chain is 21 chains for afghan stitch (no turning chain in afghan stitch) or 22 chains for single crochet. Make 21 rows. In this example, I did the cross-stitch in Lion Brand Wool-Ease color #179, Chestnut Heather.
With background worked in worsted weight yarn, using a size G hook, finished size is about 6" x 6 3/4". I used a medium beige for the background color. Substitute any contrasting color combination of your choice.
In the example, I used the cross-stitch yarn color to work one round of single crochet around the outside edge (with 3 sc in each corner). I finished the cross-stitch area by doing an outline in a simple straight stitch all around the outside edge of the bird, using the same color that I used for the rest of the cross-stitching. Doing this outlining defines the shape of the bird ... what a difference it makes in the look of the finished piece! In the photos at the top of this page, the bird on the left has the outlining, the bird on the right does not.
I recharted, adapting the birds from an antique pattern. The little birds were part of a larger design on an antique chart that was originally printed in the publication Star Needlework Journal, October 1920 (now copyright-expired). Info on Length of Copyright Terms
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