This beauty is the Knotted Cable Chain Stitch. It is the latest stitch I have learned on my 100 Stitches list.
Happily, I didn't have any trouble learning this stitch, it is very straightforward. For my demonstration, I am going to draw a straight line and stitch along it but I think this stitch would work beautifully for a curvy line too!
The stitch is worked from right to left. The first step is to come up through the fabric at the right end of the stitching line:
Pull the floss all the way through and lay it against the stitching or pattern line:
Now bring your needle all the way around to the right and above the stitching line. This is making a sort of loop:
The needle goes into the fabric a little above the stitching line and emerges on the stitching line - notice it is emerging under the working floss that is laying on the stitching line:
Start pulling the needle through but now the needle is going to pass over the top of the bottom edge of the loop:
Keep pulling and see the loop tightening:
Pull all the way through and a bit to the left until a knot forms. The knot will form to the left of where your floss fist emerged:
Bring the needle around to the right and slide the needle under the floss that first emerged. The needle tip is going between the point where you very first came up through the fabric and the knot - don't pierce the fabric, just slide under the floss:
Here is another view:
Slide all the way under and around to the left:
Pull tight and bring your needle around to the right, below the stitching line:
Now the needle is going to go into the fabric a bit below the stitching line and emerge on the stitching line. You are taking a slanting stitch to the left. Notice that the needle tip is going over the top of the working floss:
Pull through as a loop forms:
Pull all the way and the stitch is completed!
To start the next stitch, just like at the beginning, your needle comes all the way around to the right. It will go into the fabric a little to the left of your first stitch. The needle goes into the fabric a bit above the stitching line and emerges on the stitching line.
A whole line of these stitches looks really nice:
Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:
Easy and fun!
This is stitch #57 and is in the Knotted Stitches section of 100 Stitches.