Thank you for the link, Ingrid
Alas, I watched the video clip at Philosopher's Wool, but while that technique was fascinating, the point of what she seemed to be doing was to NOT cross the two colors so as to avoid entanglement, whereas this pattern DEMANDS crossing, and requires one to "untwist" (untangle) the two yarns pretty much after every row. The resulting fabric is as hefty as double knitting, and though you're doing garter stitch, the crossed-over yarns create a much smoother, neater surface on BOTH sides than I've usually found with garter.
What's so frustrating is that I had NO problem training the fingers on my right hand to exchange one yarn for the other, rotating always the same way, when I was knitting English. And, I mean, I didn't have any instruction from any one as to the best technique to rotate the yarn, I just settled on something that felt comfortable for me. Now I'm trying to work out the same thing with my left hand, and it's like my fingers are coated in butter! And I'm LEFT-HANDED!!
Garumph. Maybe I'm just still too clutzy at Conti to be attempting something like this. It's just that I need to finish these muffatees soon, but I want to wean myself off English. Oh well... maybe it will have to wait until after the muffatees are done.... I'll be starting a project soon with more straightforward knitting which will be better on which to practice.
Maybe I will try and upload a picture of this pattern stitch (or my version of it) tonight and see if anyone on here recognizes it.
thanks for reading my ranting