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Slip Jig Scarf

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The slip jig is most often the fourth dance learned; the last of the softshoe dances before both starting hardshoes and more complex softshoe choreographies. Its 9/8 time signature is unique and learning to count it takes a bit of doing! It is “the ladies’ dance” and the music is often ethereal; the dancer appears to float above the stage.

The Slip Jig Scarf takes its patterning from the 5s used to move side to side in a slip jig, rather than the 7s found in reels and standard jigs. Worked in DK weight yarn, I chose to represent the light and airy qualities of slip jig music with lace rather than cables.

The Slip Jig Scarf is worked flat, end to end. I designed it to use as much as possible of one ball of Lion Brand “Mandala”. I like how the gradient colors shift through the lace pattern.  This pattern includes both written and charted instructions. There are two pdfs included. The second is a photo tutorial of the crochet cast on I used for this scarf.

Measurements: 8”/20 cm wide; 61 ¾”/157 cm long

Gauge: in garter st, unblocked: 21 sts & 44 rows = 4”/10 cm


  • 590 yds/540 m DK weight yarn (sample shown in Lion Brand Mandala (100% acrylic; 590 yds/540m = 150g) in color “Genie”)
  • 3.75 mm/US 5 needles for working flat, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 1 locking st marker or coil-less safety pin (to tell the right side of the work from the wrong side)
  • 3.5 mm/E crochet hook (for crochet over needle cast-on)
  • (optional) 4 st markers to mark the st repeats of the lace pattern

Update: With all the important discussions about accessibility going on, I’m making it a priority to go back through my patterns and add low vision pdfs to them. I’m using the guidelines set out by the Accessible Patterns group. A new Low Vision pdf has been added to this pattern’s file. This new pdf includes: all black text, sans serif 22pt font, photo(s) captioned, pattern is left justified, and use of bold type and parentheses in place of italics. The low vision file for this pattern is 347KB.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (375KB)
  • PDF (525KB)
  • PDF (347KB)

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