Bring the needle up at the top of the line. Go down diagonally to the right and pull through.
Go down the same hole of your starting point. Keep the thread in clockwise direction and leave a loop.
Come out at the same hole you came out the second time on the line. Make sure the needle is inside the loop.
Now pull out the needle gently to make a chain. This completes a mountmellick stitch.
Structure of stitch
Jane Houston-Almqvist, Mountmellick Work (1985, 1990, 1996)
Pat Trott, Beginner’s Guide to Mountmellick Embroidery (2002)
Yvette Stanton & Prue scott, Mountmellick Embroidery Inspired by Nature (2004)