Monday, September 22, 2014

Garage Sale Freebie; My Treasure & The Bean Stitch Explained

I still can't believe I got this "treasure" for free at a garage sale!  It was in a pile of things that didn't sell and was headed for the - I shudder to think it could have made it there - the garbage can waiting to be filled with such things as this lovely, old, Needlecraft Magazine dated January 1917.   It was in an old but sturdy thick plastic protective bag which is where the magazine stayed for years until after my mother passed away.  Only then did I find time to sit with my treasure and scour the pages and stare at the lovely advertisements inside the magazine.    
At first, when I took the magazine out of the plastic bag protector, I thought the magazine was a spoof - a replica or meant to "look" old, but not the real Mc Coy, if ya know what I mean....  Upon further inspection I deemed the magazine to be the genuine article, the Real Mc Coy, by golly!  I couldn't believe it - that started my head spinning into the whys and what for's of yard sales and how many people must have thought the same thing I did when they first laid a gaze at this lovely treasure that is mine to behold and adore; and to share with you all, if you care to join me on a journey through the early 1900's in a lovely Needlecraft magazine.

The cover is not very spectacular, as you can see, and maybe this is why the magazine didn't get any attention at this particular yard sale....

 I'm going to share all the little treasures I discovered inside my treasure; for starters, the bean stitch and the pineapple stitch:  Two stitches that were called for in a subscriber's pattern but not explained how to make the stitches in the pattern so the editor, answering the subscriber's plea for help, explained how to make these stitches, both of which would be great for a dishcloth.
First of all, the bean stitch:

Start with a chain of desired length (stitch is made in sets of three, so multiples of 3 would be best) as written by the Editor of Needlecraft Magazine, translated into terms for today by yours truly;

Miss the first three chains, insert hook (needle) into next stitch, * take up wool and draw through (meaning take up yarn and pull loop through); repeat twice; yarn over and draw through all six hoops on hook, chain 1, miss one stitch, insert hook (needle) in next stitch, repeat from *  You can make the "beans" larger by adding loops to hook or smaller as I inadvertently did when making the sample but left it there for you to see what a 4-loop bean looks like compared to the 6 loop bean.  The photo above has two rows of bean stitches worked and looks like a nice, nubby dishcloth stitch, right?

Now for the pineapple stitch (I had no idea there was a little stitch called this, I thought of a pineapple stitch as being the larger, more complicated stitch that is usually worked into a doily or edging_)

(Another nubby stitch that would be great for a dish cloth and is fast and easy to make)
Chain desired length of chain stitches; miss first three stitches, insert needle (hook) into next stitch, take up wool and draw through, miss one stitch, draw a loop through the next; over and draw through the three loops, chain one; draw a loop through the same stitch as last, miss one chain, draw loop though next; draw through three loops on needle (hook), chain one

The example above shows two rows of pineapple stitch which, once I got the hang of it, was very fast and easy to make..  Not only would this stitch be great for a dish cloth but would also be a great stitch for an afghan or even a smaller, baby blanket version.

Any questions?  Post comments below, what do you think about these stitches?  Have you ever heard of them before this?

That's it for now, I'll be posting from Needlecraft Magazine periodically.  Some really pretty patterns and some really cool photos of advertisements and stuff like that there.   I still can't believe I got this for Free at a yard sale.