I had a knitter email, linking a picture and asking about a stitch like this. Then I saw a number of posts about stitches like this on one of the knitting lists. After that, I couldn't get it off my mind. It looked fairly easy; rather like the triangles, argyles and other designs we used to do with short-rowing.
After thinking it over, I decided it would be a good thing for a bulky or mid-gauge in a 12-stitch version. Of course, you could make it on just about any machine, and it would be gorgeous in standard gauge, but I liked the idea of it working up quickly on a bulky.
This morning, I had a chance to play with some ideas. I ended up with a very simple 12-stitch shell, s simplified so you don't have many ends to deal with, you can do a quick, no-wrap short-row, and you don't have to do much counting or mark the needle bed.
You're going to see a very interesting texture - the bottoms of the shells are raised. You can block that into flatness if you want, but after making, oh, at least four swatches today - I decided I like a very light blocking. Also, notice how the variegated yarn makes curves?
After you watch the video, you'll probably realize that this could be done automatically using slip stitches, with an electronic machine that would hold a large enough pattern. However, you'd have to pass the width of the knitting every row, even if it's just a two-stitch row, so it's a job for a motor attached to an electronic machine. I might try it...but not today!
Nope - this weekend, John and I are getting ready to go to Princeton, Minnesota next weekend. I've going to do a two-day seminar, and I've got a very busy curriculum planned! I believe Cindy Schmatz still has some space in that seminar, if you'd like to attend.