TGFR – Thank God for Ravelers! A Vancouverite just shed some light [like the rhyme?] on my old knit stitch.
Turns out my old knitting through the back has a name: combination knitting. I improvised a real, live method – without knowing it at the time. I am very grateful for finding this Techniques discussion topic.
Will look into the combination concept some more. A variation in the venerable English style of knitting – who knew?