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Light Jig Tam

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The light jig is the second dance learned in most Irish dance schools. Like the light reel, it is done in softshoes (aka ghillies; gill-eez). The time signature is 6/8, and 6 sts lend themselves nicely to a braid cable. I’ve kept the Moss st as it’s a lovely frame for cables and looks a lot fussier than it is.

The Light Jig Tam is knit from the top down, in the round. I have included both written and charted instructions.

Measurements: 10” / 25.4 cm across top

Size: fits heads up to 23”/ 58 cm circumference 

Gauge: in Moss* st: 28 sts and 32 rnds = 4”/10cm

*Moss st in rnds over odd number of sts:

  1. (K1, P1), rep to last st: K1
  2. (K1, P1), rep to last st: K1
  3. (P1, K1), rep to last st: P1
  4. (P1, K1), rep to last st: P1


  • 220 yds/202 m worsted weight yarn (Sample shown was knitted with Patons North America Classic Wool (100% wool; 212 yds/194 m = 100g) in “royal blue”)
  • size 4.0 mm/US 6 needles to work in the round (I worked on dpns throughout), or size needed to obtain gauge
  • st marker(s) (1 for beginning of round; 7 others if you want to mark each chart repeat)
  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

Update: A new Low Vision pdf has been added to this pattern’s file. Changes in the new pdf include: 22pt font instead of 12pt, photo(s) captioned, and use of bold type and parentheses in place of italics. The low vision file for this pattern is 93KB.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (273KB)
  • PDF (93KB)

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