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Vampolka

Pattern by Melanie Berg

Vampolka
Pattern by Melanie Berg
My husband is a huge fan of Devin Townsend, and when I heard his song Vampolka for
the very first time it instantly got me hooked. It has a catchy tune and it's a little crazy, like
most of his songs.
Apart from the haunting melody I couldn't forget the name as well: Vampolka. Yes, it's just a
little crazy and I asked myself over and over: How on earth did this band have the idea for
a marriage between vampire and polka, two things that obviously have nothing in common?
And how could it be that in the end everything worked out perfectly in a way that everyone
would say A vampire and polka? Yeah sure, they go super well together!
Anyway, I started thinking about a way to bring these two together in knitting.
One detail that I would definitely search for in a vampire's wardrobe are wide, baroque
style cuffs, and of course the color black. Add sexy picot edging voil!
As to the polka dots... that was kinda obvious, no?
Yarn:
Shibui Knits Sock (100% Merino; 50 g / 191
yds [175 m])
1 skein in color A (Chinese Red)
(45 g / 86 yds [97 m] used)
1 skein in color B (Ivory)
(21 g / 41 yds [38 m] used)
1 skein in color C (Abyss)
(4 g / 8 yds [8 m] used)

Finished measurements:
6" [15 cm] circumference at bottom, 10"
[24.5 cm] at top, 7 [18 cm] length.

Notions:
1 stitch marker (optional)

Abbreviations:
k = knit
k2tog = knit two stitches together
M1L = insert left needle from front to back
under horizontal strand between st just
worked and next st, knit lifted strand through
the back loop (left leaning increase)
p = purl
RS / WS = right side / wrong side
st(s) = stitch(es)
tbl = through back loop
yo = yarn over

Gauge:
14 sts x 19 rows = 2 x 2 [5 cm x 5 cm] in
stockinette stitch, blocked

Special techniques:
stockinette stitch = k every round
garter stitch = k one round, p one round

Needles:
US 4 [3.5 mm] double pointed needles
or size to obtain gauge

Questions and comments: melanie@mairlynd.de, http://mairlynd.de/, mairlynd on ravelry.


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Vampolka
Pattern by Melanie Berg
Work 1 decrease round: [k1, k2tog, k8] 4
times (40 sts).

Work 30 rounds in stockinette stitch.


Notes:
1. Vampolka mitts are worked in the round,
starting at the wrist.
2. The dots are worked using the fair isle
knitting technique. In doing so, take care that
you always keep the floats on the wrong side
of your knitting and that the tension is even
and relaxed. Do not pull the floats. Spread
the last group of stitches to their full width
before bringing in the new color. You want
your knitting to be stretchy in a way that you
can lay it down flat and the fabric is not
warped.
Cast-on:
With color A, cast on 44 sts using the
long-tail cast-on method and divide on four
needles. If you like to, place a stitch marker
at the end of the round, then join for working
in the round.

Work 1 increase round: [k1, M1L, k1] 20


times (60 sts).
Work next 26 rounds according to chart.
Work 3 rounds in garter stitch, starting with a
purl round.
Switch to color C, then work 4 rounds in
stockinette stitch.
Work 1 eyelet round: [yo, k2tog] repeat until
end of round.
Work 4 rounds in stockinette stitch.
Bind off:
k1, [k1, slip two sts back to left needle, k2tog
tbl] repeat until all sts are bound off.

Work 5 rounds in garter stitch, starting with a


knit round.

Questions and comments: melanie@mairlynd.de, http://mairlynd.de/, mairlynd on ravelry.


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Vampolka
Pattern by Melanie Berg
Chart:
The charts is worked from bottom to top and
from right to left.

Finishing:
Turn under hem at top of mitt along eyelet
round and stitch in place on WS.
Weave in and secure all ends.
The second mitt is worked the very same
way.

Questions and comments: melanie@mairlynd.de, http://mairlynd.de/, mairlynd on ravelry.


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