Campside by Alicia Plummer | Pom Pom Quarterly BlogThough we’re soon to reveal your new favourite projects in our summer issue, we’ve still got room in our hearts (and on our needles) for those classic Pom Pom knits. Almost two years ago on the blog we introduced you lovely knitters to Alicia Plummer‘s Campside, a cosy hug of a shawl with a cascade of delicate eyelets knit in Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK. And as it is the season for it, we’ve given this pattern a spring clean, which means it now features charts and written instructions plus some pesky errata has been tidied away too!

The design was Alicia’s way to embody the memories of her childhood spent in a much loved lakeside cabin with her father. You can read the original blog post here, about how our collaboration came about and Alicia’s  process behind Campside about how we create much more than just a piece of fabric when we knit.

Since this design has been published we’ve loved seeing different versions from you lovely Pom Pom people.

Knitwee's Campside

Knitwee’s Campside

Mayaz's Campside

Mayaz’s Campside

Freezeframe's Campside

Freezeframe’s Campside

Kangarooi's Campside

Kangarooi’s Campside

Alabamawhirly's Campside

Alabamawhirly’s Campside

So what are you waiting for? You can download the pattern here.

And a very heartfelt thank you again to Alicia for sharing her pattern with us!

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  1. Claire April 25, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    So happy to finally be knitting this! Honestly I wanted to a long time ago and I was afraid of the errata, just didn’t felt confident. I’ve started now, I love written instructions so it’s going well and it’s turning out to be very pretty! Can’t wait to have it on camping trips to keep cosy.

    • Judy December 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

      Hi. I am having problems with ribbing. With the increased, getting the knots and purses to align

      • Pom Pom Mag January 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        Hi Judy,

        Are you working the ribbing at the end of the pattern? If you are at the end, you’ll just need to work the knits and purls for the row as they are presented (ie knit the knits and purl the purls). Let us know if you need any help!
        Pom Pom xx

  2. Lorinda May 9, 2016 at 1:55 am #

    I am trying to download pattern and can’t seem to get it to go. I love this shawl

  3. megan May 19, 2016 at 1:34 am #

    I don’t see the set-up/cast on row.

    • Amy May 19, 2016 at 10:18 am #

      Hi Megan, The cast on row is on page 3, after the written instructions for the charts. You’ll find it under ‘PATTERN BEGINS’ and it is Garter Tab Cast On. Hope this helps!

  4. Amelia May 19, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    I can’t wait to start this, I have some beautiful yarns in my stash that will make your pattern proud. Thank you so much for sharing.

    If the error gets in the way, I’ll come back

    For now this is beautiful and thank you

  5. Alicia May 22, 2016 at 5:54 am #

    I’m a self taught knitter and i need help please. AM i supposed to knit each chart? or do i pick one? This is likely obvious to everyone, but me xD this shawl is lovely and i would like to make it for my mother for her birthday.

    • Sheila May 27, 2016 at 4:36 am #

      Hi Alicia, I have had the very same question when I first began to knit. You knit each chart in succession, starting with the first, and then the second. Each chart may, or may not, be repeated…check the written instructions.
      I do so wish designers would just babble on a tiny bit about patterns…it would make the “obvious” so much clearer to some of us!

  6. Laura June 1, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    I chose a sport yarn for this pattern since I already had it and love it. I’m wondering if I’m able to repeat Chart D more than 4 times to make the shawl bigger?
    Would love any advice! Thank you in advance 😉

  7. Judy July 19, 2016 at 3:23 am #

    I have tried printing your pattern, all I get is the last page. No other pages will print.

  8. Laura A Preston August 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    i cant find errata for this shawl.

    • Sophie Scott August 15, 2016 at 10:13 am #

      Hi Laura,
      The PDF has now been updated so there is no errata in the pattern! If you think you’ve come across a mistake then let us know :)
      Happy Knitting x

  9. Desiree Kennedy August 24, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi. I love this pattern so much. I have some wool lying around (Berrocco Ultra Fine) which knits better with needles smaller than 4.5 (too loose with such large needles). Do I just keep going with Chart D until I’m happy or would you recommend adding to every cart to give it a more even look? I’m not really a novice knitter but I’ve never modified a pattern before. I always follow the materials exactly. I bought this wool for another pattern that I wasn’t happy with when I hit the halfway mark so ripped it out. Then I found Campside….wish I’d found this pattern earlier!

    • Sophie Scott August 25, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

      Hi Desiree!

      It’s hard to say – it depends what size you want your finished shawl. You’ll be using a fingering weight instead of a DK, which will reduce the size straight away and if you are knitting with a smaller size needle the gauge will be much smaller too. It might be nice follow the instructions as written and just make a smaller version! Once you know your gauge with the Berrocco Ultra Fine you could do some maths to have a rough idea of what finished dimensions you’ll end up with.
      However if you want to adapt the size and change the pattern you’ll need to think about how much yarn you have before you start. The DK version takes at least 713m. I think doing more repeats of Chart D at the end would be nice because it would give a deeper border of that pattern – plus it depends how confident you are with your maths to start adding repeats of A, B or C as this will have a knock on affect of the stitch count with the rest of the pattern, so it might be easiest to do it for Chart D before you start the Rib boarder. Also, you’ll have a better idea of how much yarn you have left to finish the project.

      A lot to think about! I hope that helps, I’m sure whatever you go with it will be a lovely project – Happy Knitting :)
      Pom Pom x

  10. Aleara August 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    I love this shawl and have made a start but I can’t work out how the ribbed edging works? Please help.

  11. Rebecca September 7, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

    Hey there! I really wanted to start this pattern. I found where the pattern begins, but I’m not sure where I’m supposed to go from there. Do I go to the increase section or start chart A? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you in advance!

    • Sophie Scott September 9, 2016 at 10:12 am #

      Hi Rebecca,

      After pattern begins, you’ll follow the instructions in the order then appear, so your next step is to work the ‘Increase section’. You’ll then work the ‘Main lace section’ which references back to the Chart instructions on the first pages, and then onto ‘Ribbed Edging’ and then ‘Finishing’.
      Hope that makes it a bit clearer! If you have any other queries do get in touch.
      Pom Pom x

  12. Linda McDuffie September 16, 2016 at 3:49 am #

    Thank you, Alicia, for sharing your beautiful pattern. I hope I can do it justice!

  13. Jessica September 18, 2016 at 11:21 pm #

    I love this pattern and have ordered all of the materials to start it, but am I crazy or does the pattern call to knit to row 16 in Chart A and there isn’t a row 16 in the pattern? Same for chart B,C,D. Am I missing what that last row should be?! New the knitting so would appreciate any help I can get.


    • Sophie Scott September 19, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Jessica,

      Row 16 is a wrong side row, so you’ll work this row as you did the other WS rows in Chart A as described in Row 2 –

      ‘Row 2 (WS & all following WS rows): K2, SM, p to last 2 sts slipping central markers as you pass them, SM, k2.’

      Hope that helps but get in touch if you get stuck. Happy Knitting!
      Pom Pom x

  14. Anita T Brewster October 11, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

    I am very disappointed that question was not answered and now it has been deleted. I am going along and have thoroughly enjoyed making this shawl. Very well written and since I am not a long time knitter had a question or two.
    Thanks again for such a lovely knit pattern. I know I will enjoy and will post pictures later.
    Anita B

    • Pom Pom Mag October 12, 2016 at 10:16 am #

      Hi Anita!
      We emailed you a reply several days ago as we thought that was the best way to deal with your query so we could have an email dialogue. We’ve resent sent our answers the again, plus here are you queries and the answers –

      1. Do I increase on the right side as previously?
      2. And are those worked in stocking net or ribbing pattern?
      3. Do I bind off on the right side of work or the wrong side?’

      1 – Yes just increase on the right side as you have before. The wrong side rows are just following the pattern of rib that has been set in the previous row
      2 – This portion of the pattern is worked in rib (both the right side and the wrong side)
      3 – It doesn’t matter which side you bind off your work on. You might like to bind off ‘in pattern’ so you are following the rib pattern still – here is a tutorial that explains this in more detail –

      If a comment is errata based we keep this on the blog post, but in the interest in keeping the comment thread easy to read and relevant for the pattern we removed your query.
      So glad to hear the pattern is going well for you – if need any more help please get in touch!
      Pom Pom x

  15. Angel L. November 24, 2016 at 12:47 am #

    Hi. I am sorry to be a bother since this was kindly put up as a free pattern but I have lost my original copy that I had downloaded on my phone and have been trying to download this pattern again and I am unable to. Is this no longer available?Thanks.

    • Pom Pom Mag November 25, 2016 at 9:58 am #

      Hi there! The pattern is certainly still available – just downloaded it now so sorry to hear you’re having problems. Have emailed you through a copy so hope that helps!
      Pom Pom x

  16. corinne December 8, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    I love this pattern . But I’m french and I want to know if it’s possible to have the explications in french…
    Thank you in advance

    • Pom Pom Mag December 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

      Hi Corrine,

      The good news is that Campside is currently being translated into French! Though it will still be a little while until it is ready, it is something we have planned for release very soon.

      I’ve made a note of your email address to let you know when it is published, but it there is anything else I can help with in the meantime please get in touch!

  17. Diana Georgi December 30, 2016 at 3:27 am #

    I do have a question about chart C:
    If I look closely at the pictures of the shawl on your website I can see that there are 8 eyelets lined up underneath one another on either side of the center stitch for section C, but according to the pattern instructions it should be only 6 (since in R 7 you don’t get as close to the centre stitch after the last repeat, in fact there are 5 st’s, then one M1L or M1R, which creates some kind of blank space inbetween).
    So for pure aethetic reasons I would like to know how come that the instructions and sample shawl of the pictures on the website and also some versions in Ravelry differ optically in that section? It would have been perfectly possible to actually do one more repeat in R7, which is not asked for in neither the written instructions nor in the charts.
    Is the pattern in fact correct? When it comes to that specific section I do doubt it.
    Would love any kind of feedback on that matter :-)

    Kind regards, Diana

    • Pom Pom Mag January 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi Diana,

      Thanks for getting in touch. This pattern did have some errata (which might explain some of the slightly different versions you’ve see on Ravelry) but has now been fixed and updated. Make sure that you have the most recent version of the PDF!

      Regarding the eyelet count, when you work Chart C you’ll repeat rows 1-16 of Chart C twice (creating 8 rows of eyelets) and then work rows 1-10 only once more (adding a further two rows of eyelets), which in total makes 10 rows of eyelets for section C.

      We make sure that our patterns are professionally tech edited to make sure that the maths and the knitting works correctly, so are confident that the chart is correct for this shawl and matches the sample. If you do come across anything you are not sure about when knitting, you can always email us contact(@)
      Of course if you’d like to tweak the pattern yourself to include an extra eyelet where you see fit them do! Part of the joy of knitting is being able to be creative and make your knit how you you like it to be!

      Hope that helps and Happy Knitting!
      Pom Pom x

  18. Diana Georgi December 30, 2016 at 3:30 am #

    Whoops, I miscounted, it shows 10 eyelets, and the pattern asks for 8.
    So my question above still remains.

  19. Kass Black January 18, 2017 at 1:52 am #

    I am confused. Do you do the main lace section and then the A,B,C, and D? If so I have done it upside down and will have to start over.

    • Pom Pom Mag January 18, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Kass,

      You’ll need to follow the sections one after another from where the pattern starts at ‘Pattern Begins’. This means that you’ll work the Increase Section, Main Lace Section, then A, B, C, D and finishing with the ribbed edging.
      If you’ve done in upside down I’m sure it’s still a lovely piece of knitting!
      Pom Pom xx

  20. Kass Black January 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    Ok I find that if I read ALL the directions it makes more sense. Am I correct in assuming that the written directions correspond with the graphs? I do better with written directions than the graphs.

  21. Monaliza February 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    I am trying to download this pattern but it keeps saying,
    The document cannot be opened because it is not a valid PDF document.”

    Please help!

    • Pom Pom Mag March 3, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      We’ve tested it our end and everything seems to be fine – I’ve emailed you a copy of the pattern so hope that helps!

  22. Marie-Claude March 15, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    Hi ! I can’t download the patern. Can you help me please ?

    Thank you so much

    • Pom Pom Mag March 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

      Hi! We’ve tested this are are able to access the pattern – have emailed you the PDF, hope that helps!

      Pom Pom x

  23. Marla Swanson March 23, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    I have downloaded the pattern with no problem. However I want to print the pattern and it will only let me print the last page with the chart. I wanted the written row by row directions. What am I doing wrong? Love the shawl. My daughter made one for her cousin and now I am making one. Can’t wait to wear it.

    • Pom Pom Mag March 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

      Dear Marla,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Sorry to hear that you are having problems with the pattern – sounds like you might have a printer quirk! Make sure that you have the option to print all pages selected.
      I’ve emailed you a copy of the pattern just in case.
      Happy Knitting! x


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