Little Flying Birds: a needlework chart for any craft

I found this motif in a chart I was working with, and I like it a lot. It’s simple enough that I daresay I’m not the first person to come up with this border pattern, but I just want to make sure. It reminds me of birds flying.

shows what Little Flying Birds might look like as stranded knitting
chart showing how to work Little Flying Birds. Written instructions below.
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  • Little Flying Birds has a repeat of 8 + 5 columns and 6 rows.
  • In the written instructions, color A is the light squares above, and color B is the dark.
  • The written instructions below are formatted for stranded knitting, but it is my hope that they could be translated into instructions for other crafts. For instance, if working filet crochet, 1 A could be one open square and 2 B could be two filled-in squares.
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Round 1: using A, knit.

Round 2: work knit as follows; 1B, 1A, 1B, *(1A, 2B) × 2, 1A, 1B; work from *, 1A, 1B.

Round 3: work knit as follows; 2A, 1B, *2A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 2A, 1B; work from *, 2A.

Round 4: work knit as follows; 1A, 1B, 1A, *(1B, 2A) × 2, 1B, 1A; work from *, 1B, 1A.

Round 5: work knit as follows; 2B, 1A, *2B, 1A, 1B, 1A, 2B, 1A; work from *, 2B.

Round 6: using A, knit.