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This is a free tutorial for the Samurai Crochet Relief stitch. The tutorial has both photos and videos.
I love Japan. I love the food. I love the language. I love the culture. So of course when I see there’s a stitch with “samurai” in it’s name, I’m very curious to know why. Yet despite my searching, I could not find out how the stitch got its name.
I am left only to guessing. My best guess would be that this stitch resembles the texture of fabric worn by the samurai (although I couldn’t find any proof to support this hypothesis).
Samurai were the aristocratic warrior caste of medieval and early-modern Japan. The samurai, perceived as a representation of an obsolete feudal institution, was abolished in the 1870s due to the government’s desire to integrate them into the professional, military, and business classes. The samurai has a very rich history. I recommend a look-through on Wikipedia if you desire to learn more.
To learn more about how to create the samurai crochet relief stitch, please continue to read below.
When thinking about creating a new crochet pattern, I came across the Samurai Crochet Relief Stitch on a Russian website (darievna.ru). This stitch is also known as the Cable Stitch to some crocheters.
It is not just for experienced crocheters, but also easy to learn for beginners. All you need to know is how to crochet a chain and how to crochet double crochets.
So let’s get started and I will teach you how to do this beautiful stitch. I do have a video below on how to do this stitch from the start, in case the pictures are not enough.
- Make a chain of multiples of 4 plus 3 (examples: 12+3, 16+3, etc) -> the last chain of 3 counts as a dc
- sk st (which is chain number 4 from the hook), place 1 dc in the next 3 stitches
- yo, from the back go insert the hook into the skipped stitch, yo, pull thru the yarn (be sure to keep the tension not too loose, but also not too tight) you now have 3 loops on the hook), finish it like a normal dc (yo, pull thru 2, yo, pull thru 2)
- repeat from step 2, until the end of the row, 1 dc in the last chain, turn
- ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), sk st, place 1 dc in the next 3 stitches
- yo, from the back go insert the hook into the skipped stitch, yo, pull thru the yarn, finish it like a normal dc
- repeat from step 5, until the end of the row, 1 dc in the last chain, turn
- repeat steps 5 thru 7 until you are done with your pattern
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