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Single Jig Mittens

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The single jig is either the third or fourth dance learned, depending on the Irish dance school or teacher. Like the light reel and light jig, it is done in softshoes (aka ghillies; gill-eez). The time signature is 6/8 but the emphasis is a bit different; if you hum “Pop, Goes the Weasel” that’s the rhythm of a single jig.

The Single Jig Mittens are knit in worsted weight yarn and from cuff to tip, featuring an extra long cabled cuff. I have included both written and charted instructions. 

Size: fits up to approximately an 8 ½”/21.5 cm palm. Due to the rib based pattern there is a lot of stretch. 

Measurements: 12 ¼”/31cm long, cuff to tip & 7½”/19 cm around, unstretched

Gauge: in K2, P2 ribbing, unstretched: 42 sts & 28 rnds = 4”/10 cm

cable panel (30 sts) = 3 ½”/9 cm wide & 1⅞”/4.7 cm long


  • 295 yds/ 270m worsted weight wool (Sample pair knitted in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Worsted (100% wool; 110 yds/101 m = 50g) in “currant”) 
  • size 4.0 mm/US 6 needles, for knitting in the round, or size needed to obtain gauge (I used a set of 5 dpns)
  • st markers
  • st holder 
  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle
Skills/Techniques Used: 
  • knitting in the round, small circumference
  • cable knitting
  • increases: knit into the front and back of the stitch (Kfb)
  • decreases: knit 2 together (K2tog); & purl 2 together (P2tog)
  • picking up sttiches (for the thumb)

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. 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 176KB.

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