Sashiko needlework originated as a practical, simple running stitch used to repair or strengthen clothing, to patch worn garments and to hold layers of fabric together for extra warmth. Sashiko translates to ‘little stabs’, a reference to the actual act of stitching through cloth. Given its origins out of necessity, its practical impact and its ultimate beauty, sashiko is truly the embodiment of form and function.
This tutorial is a demonstration of how the sashiko hitomezashi (persimmon stitch) stitch can be worked into straight stockinette. The tutorial covers how to embroider the pattern in two different intervals through conceptual drawings and photos of swatches and discusses how to incorporate it into your choice of fiber weight. A pattern for a headband, which features this beautiful stitch pattern and an adjustable closure, is included.
For the headband:Yarn
~30g of MC to make the headband
~5g of CC for the embroidery
Marianated Yarns Playtime DK
100% MerinoNot Quite Black
Little Fox Yarns Bōsa
65% Wool – Merino, 20% Silk,
15% Other Animal – Yak
Threat Level Midnight
80% Merino, 10% Cashmere goat,
Bell Bottom Blues
All samples were embroidered with Marianated Yarns Playtime DK in the colorway Bumble.
US 3 (3.25 mm) 24” circular needles
Additional US 3 (3.25 mm) needle
(for the 3-Needle Bindoff)
7 sts and 9 rows / inch (2.5 cm)
S/M for 19-21” (48-53 cm) circumference
M/L for 21-22” (53-56 cm) circumference
If in between sizes, opt for the smaller size.
CC contrast color
MC main color
RS right side
WS wrong side