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Fall has swooped in quite decisively around here, but I don’t mind. It’s been a good reminder to break out my hooks and pick up crochet again!
One of my favorite things to do in the afternoon, before my boys come home from school is to take a little crochet, tea, and TV break. It’s a satisfying pick up me to help sustain me through the rest of the day and keep me moving on a happy note!I recently found and have fallen in love with Tazo® Tea‘s Passion® herbal tea. Get this…it’s an infusion of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips and passion fruit. Um…heck yes! It’s like a bright, happy party of delicious freshness in your cup.
Looking for a project to occupy my hands during my afternoon “me time” sessions, I designed this simple bean stitch cowl pattern.
Truly, it is so easy. The stitch looks complicated at first, but once you have it down, this cowl couldn’t be any more straightforward and fast to work up.
Why is it called the bean stitch? I can only guess. It basically kind of looks like a bean… that leans. It’s a cousin of the puff stitch, but it’s worked up a bit differently. It also, as I mentioned, slants to one side. When worked in rows, it creates an alternating zig zag like pattern. For this cowl, I’ve designed it to be worked in looped rows, so that it never turns or alternates. It just all leans in one direction, creating the illusion of diagonal rows. Fun, right?
- 2 skeins or about 9 ounces of super bulky #6 yarn*
- 9.00 mm hook (N hook)
- yarn needle
*I used Loops & Threads in Golden Rod
4 bean stitches x 7 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches
(I’m just going to skip these since this is a short pattern.)
PATTERN + BEAN STITCH TUTORIAL:
(simplified pattern listed at the end)
Chain 50. Slip stitch chain into a loop, taking care not to twist the chain. Chain 1.
Skip the first chain, and work your bean stitch into the next chain. The bean stitch always works in this pattern of skipping the chain/stitch closest to the hook and working in the next stitch.
The picture ABOVE shows one completed bean stitch, with the hook skipping the first stitch closest to the hook and working in the next. The next few pictures show a bean stitch being worked into an already established row of bean stitches, but the method is the same.
Insert your hook into that second stitch (do not yarn over first). THEN, yarn over and pull through hook through. You should now have two loops on your hook.
This time yarn over first, then insert your hook in to the same stitch you just worked, yarn over again, and pull through. You should now have four loops on your hook.
Repeat the last step one more time. So, yarn over, insert into the same stitch, yarn over, pull through. You should now have six loops on your hook.
You’re almost done! Yarn over again, and pull through all six loops. This can sometimes be a fight. Just keep gently wiggling the hook through. It helps to keep your yarn slack, so the loops don’t get pulled too tight.
Yarn over one more time, and pull through. This creates a chain at the top of the stitch that secures the bean stitch.
Continue, this pattern of skipping a stitch and working in the next stitch, all the way around the looped chain. You should have 25 bean stitches in all. Slip stitch the last stitch to the first stitch to complete the row. Then chain one to start the next row.
Be aware that, especially as you work more rows, the first bean stitch leans so much that it can be hard to see. Be sure to count your stitches. You may use a stitch marker as well. You’ll notice that your seam will slant at a steep incline. Usually this is a bad sign that your stitch count is off, but in the case of this cowl, it’s good!
After you have finished the first foundation row of bean stitches, instead of skipping a chain and working in the next, it can be more helpful to remember to find the bean stitch (loop above the slanted cluster of yarn) and work in the space to the left.
Complete 17 rows of bean stitches, or as many as you desire.
Slip stitch the final row closed, tie off the yarn, and weave in all loose ends.
Now throw it on and get cozy in your new cowl!
Here’s the pattern straight up:
Bean Stitch Cowl Pattern
Chain 50. Slip stitch into a loop.
ROW ONE: Chain 1. Skip first chain, bean stitch in next chain (insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, insert in same stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, insert in same stitch, yarn over pull through, yarn over and pull through six loops on hook, yarn over, and pull through). *Skip next chain, work a bean stitch in second chain from hook.* Repeat from *to* 23 times. Slip stitch into the top of the first bean stitch to complete looped row. (total of 25 bean stitches)
ROW TWO: Chain 1. *Skip first bean stitch from the hook, work a bean stitch in the space to the left.* Repeat *to* 24 times. Slip stitch into the first bean stitch to complete the row. (25 bean stitches)
ROW THREE -SIXTEEN: Repeat ROW TWO.
ROW SEVENTEEN: Chain 1. *Skip first bean stitch from the hook, work a bean stitch in the space to the left.* Repeat *to* 24 times. Slip stitch into the first bean stitch to complete the row and the scarf. (25 bean stitches) Tie off yarn and weave in loose ends with a yarn needle.
Add a cup of Passion tea and you’re gold. ;)
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