Charm For Removing A Stye From The Eye
: STORIES OF SATAN, GHOSTS, ETC.
: Welsh Folk-lore
Take an ordinary knitting needle, and pass it back and fore over the
stye, but without touching it, and at the same time counting its age,
thus--One stye, two styes, three styes, up to nine, and then reversing
the order, as nine styes, eight styes, down to one stye, and no stye.
This counting was to be done in one breath. If the charmer drew his
breath the charm was broken, but three attempts were allowed. The stye,
it was alleged, would die from that hour, and disappear in twenty-four