I have never been happy with the Curry socks that I published this past March. I keep telling myself that I’ll re-knit the sample with a ribbed cuff and a less abrasive color, but it hasn’t happened yet.

I’ve had all of these ideas for new patterns in my head, so instead of knitting the same pattern twice, I just decided to do something completely different for the same cause, and this new sock pattern is the result. And I must say that I am very happy with it. The stitch pattern took much time to come up with and then refine, but it was worth it.


Here’s the blurb from the pattern:

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.

I have been viewing this pattern as a sort of apology for Curry. I didn’t like the sample or the photos, and I maybe expected that dislike to go away once I’d published the pattern. It didn’t. Therefore, I’d like to give this pattern free to everyone who’s purchased Curry, as well as to the folks who will purchase it in the future.

In addition to that, everyone who buys the sample yarn to knit this in will get a 25% off discount code for Taj if they send me a photo of their yarn.

Next, I want to thank Jenn from Cedar House Yarns for putting up with this idea and agreeing to test knit it, even though she’s a really busy lady. Her yarn is superb, and her colors are marvelous.

And then Anna, my faithful tech-editor. Thank you so much! I cannot keep my numbers straight when it’s my own pattern, it seems, and so when I send it off to Anna, it comes back all red-lettered and underlined. After the initial shock (read: I go to bed for an hour or so, head spinning. Was it really that bad?), I’m so happy that she’s there to push me in the right direction. (Also, if you’re in need of a tech-editor, you might want to inquire about her services. You won’t be sorry, that’s for sure!)

Now for the technical stuff:

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.

You can find Taj on Ravelry, here.

And one last thing: As for Curry, all proceeds from this pattern will go to an organization that buys sewing machines for needy widows in India, so that they can provide for their families. If you’d like more information on that, check out my blog post for Curry.

Thank you so much for your support. I hope you like this pattern!




21 thoughts on “taj.

  1. This pattern turned up in my Ravelry box yesterday. Thanks, Josaiah. They will definitely get knitted some time next year, specially if I can find a yarn like the one you used.

    BTW – I got partway through the heel on the first Curry sock and hit the wall. You told me it would be ok to use a short row heel, so I frogged that bit to try again. Then Christmas knitting happened. Maybe I’ll return to it next year!


  2. This is absolutely stunning! I can understand the time it took to get the pattern right. I’ve been working on my twisted stitch socks and am halfway done with the second sock. Sometimes I so eager to publish a pattern but you really need a pair for showing off.


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