TAJ by josiah bain.


December 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
S, M, L
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All proceeds from this design goes to an organization that provides sewing machines for needy widows in India. If you purchase this pattern, you will automatically receive another one of my sock patterns, Curry, for free. Also, if you send me a picture of your skein of Cedar House Yarns Sapling Sock that you’re going to use to knit this pattern, I’ll send you a 25% off discount code.

Taj (or ताज) means “crown” in Hindi. With inspiration derived from the Taj Mahal, other Indian architecture, and the traditional hand-printed fabric designs, these socks feature small, graphic lace motifs dotting the leg and foot.

When I began work on this design, and was searching for yarns, my mind first went to Cedar House Yarns, a small indie dye operation in the Pacific Northwest. This purple color, Deep Cascadian Love, proved to be a perfect match for the aesthetic I was going for.

For this design, it would be best to stay with a semi-solid or one of the quieter variegated/tonal colors.

Pattern Specs:

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Cedar House Yarn Sapling Sock 75% Merino wool, 25% nylon; 463 yd/423 m per 100g skein; color: Deep Cascadian Love; 1 skein for all sizes

Set of US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles for working in the round, or size needles to obtain gauge

4 stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Cable needle

32 sts/44 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) stockinette stitch, worked in the round

Instructions are given for 7”, 8”, and 9” sock circumferences.