Trellis Shell Insertion/Insertion #1 of 3 for Arsenic and Old Lace KAL

This week’s pattern is written as an insertion and the stitch dates from the late 1800’s.  It is a classic stitch that relates directly to shell stitch as well as to the Estonian Twig Pattern.  It’s visual interest comes from delayed decreases…where the increases (in this case yarnovers) and decreases (SSK’s and K2tog’s) are not right next to each other.  Instead the decrease is several stitches away creating a bias (or lean/tilt) in the fabric.  My mother created a whole afghan out of this stitch in the ’70’s.  The insertion is knitted directly onto the first of the four strips of squares which comprise this afghan.  The pattern can easily be adapted with some extra side stitches, into a scarf or shawl…or just about anything you can imagine.

Have a lovely knit and please send pictures so I can share in this journey with you.  Thank you for knitting along with me!

An aside:  Martha and I went to see “The King’s Speech” last night.  It was a splendid movie.  A movie like the movies I used to watch all huddled on the couch on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  It actually told a story.  I loved the story.  The costumes were just right.  The way the movie was filmed was thought-full.  Even the fonts used to describe the scenes, time, place were in tune with a certain “vibe” (if you will).  From start to finish, the movie set me at ease in its telling of its story.  Even though there is use of profane words, the use had its place…it was not random cussing but used as a means of obtaining verbal fluency.  The movie exemplified a MODEL of Human Perseverance and I whole-heartedly applaud the movie, its creators and the actors who so wonderfully told the story.

Take care.  Keep Calm and Knit ON.  With love, light and laughter always,

Mary Ellen aka TheHumanLoom and Summit Yarn Studio