Little Bird No. 2 Free Chart
For Filet Crochet and Cross-stitch
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This is the second 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 (shown in photo below). Doing this outlining defines the shape of the bird ... what a difference it makes in the look of the finished piece!
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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