By George I've got it----Chain Braid stitch that is.
This is not a stitch one would want to do in a hurry and one that I will probably never attempt again.
I imagine like the chain stitch sewing machine if you pulled the right thread the whole thing would unravel but in saying that I am not game to attempt it.
I did manage to get the last row with the pink and green thread to look nice and tidy but I nearly tied myself inside out getting it that way.
I used Perle 8 cotton thread on an even weave linen.
Thanks Sharon for introducing me to a lot of stitches that I would probably never have learnt before.
It has been a very interesting and enjoyable journey - One that I am glad I went on.