Octagonal square (pattern)
This blackwork pattern is made up of ‘X’s and squares within octagaons, and is a smaller scale pattern good for natural shapes.
Because of its even density it works particularly well to represent smooth textures such as skin.
Start the pattern by working an even running stitch back and forth horizontally, each under and over two threads of the fabric.
Continue working a running stitch, this time vertically up and down.
This should produce little squares.
Structure of stitch
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.151