Victorian step stitch
This is a diagonal stepped stitch worked in vertical stitches on an even weave canvas which resembles the treads of a staircase in profile. It is made up of a long vertical stitch, followed by three short ones - the long stitch forms the riser of the step and the short ones the tread.
To the bottom right of this stitch make three vertical stitches across two canvas threads (the bottom of all four stitches should be level).
In line with the top of these stitches, begin another long stitch over four canvas threads which should end two canvas threads below the last stitches.
Continue stepping the stitches, making three smaller stitches then one long one.
Structure of stitch
This stitch has a medium-sized pattern repeat and gives a smooth appearance of diagonal lines running through the area.
Rachel Doyle, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Canvaswork (2013) , p.92
Jo Ippolito Christensen, The Needlepoint Book (1999) , p.166