PATTERN 16: PAMPA
Today’s block is inspired in the PAMPA Pattern (“guarda Pampa” in Spanish), a traditional stripe-like design of my country (Argentina, in case you don’t know it yet 🙂
The PAMPA pattern is repeated over and over again, and has a horizontal symmetry: the upper half and the lower half are specular. This symmetry symbolizes the mountains (upper half) and the lakes that reflect the mountains (lower half). Its repetitiveness symbolizes many mountains and many lakes: it indicates precisely, where the Mapuche community comes from: the area of the Andes Mountain Range and that is called the Region of Los Lagos (Province of Neuquén). So, what the Mapuches (whose name means Mapu = earth, che = people, People of the Earth) are saying first: “We come from the region of the Cordillera and the Lakes”.
If you want to know more of this beautiful region, you can see a little in the following article from Wikipedia: NAHUEL HUAPI NATIONAL PARK.
And now, let’s go knitting!
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Remember that, in case you need more patterns to add to this project, I adapted all patterns from my “12 Blocks for Xmas” blanket to the same number of stitches and rows than the “52 Square Pickup” ones. You can find them HERE.
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The entire pattern is below.
The high quality PDF file includes:
- gauge/tension info and materials
- written instructions
- charted instructions
- row-by-row CONTROL TABLE for each block: specially prepared for novice knitters, with integrated instructions for the block pattern AND edge stitches, to avoid confusion. You can use the table cells to check each row as you finish it, and there is a column for every repeat of the pattern you need to make according to the instructions. A great resource to print and check your progress as you knit.
BLOCK 16: PAMPA
- CO: cast on
- RS: right side
- WS: wrong side
- st: stitch
- k: knit
- p: purl
– CO 43 sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.
|I always cast on and bind off stitches with larger needles than I use for the main work. This prevent my cast on and bind off rows from being too tight.|
– With US 6 (4 mm) needles, knit 4 rows.
|Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a neat and sturdy border.|
– Continue working as follows:
4 garter sts, PAMPA pattern over 35 sts, 4 garter sts until you have a total length of 8’’ (20.5 cm).
I knitted 5 times the PAMPA pattern complete + rows 1) to 5) again.
– Knit 4 rows.
– Bind off with US 7 (4.5 mm) needle. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
k all sts, all rows.
(Over a multiple of 10 sts. I added 5 more sts to reach the needed 35.)
Repeat instructions between brackets as many times as needed. For this block, make them a total of 3 times, horizontally.
Row 1) (RS) [k1, p3, k3, p1, k2], k1, p3, k1
Row 2) p2, k1, p2, [p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p2]
Row 3) [k5, p1, k3, p1], k5
Row 4) k1, p3, k1, [p5, k1, p3, k1]
Row 5) [k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k2], k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 6) p2, k1, p2, [p1, k3, p3, k1, p2]
Row 7) [k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k2], k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 8) k1, p3, k1, [p5, k1, p3, k1]
Row 9) [k5, p1, k3, p1], k5
Row 10) p2, k1, p2, [p1, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p2]
PAMPA Stitch Pattern – CHART
- Read all odd rows from right to left, and all even rows from left to right.
- Repeat the chart as many times as the pattern calls for (3 times horizontally in the case of this block).