I happened on this very easy and interesting crochet pattern by Moogly awhile back. I filed the pattern away and revisited it the other day when I was looking for a two-color potholder pattern. This pattern stitch is called "Leaping Stripes." It has an unusual construction, rather like a filet stitch, but different.
|Moogly's Leaping Stripes Crochet Pattern|
Here are the instructions for this stitch. There are detailed photos and a tutorial. I tried it and I like it VERY much. This stitch produces a sturdy cloth.
|This almost looks like a houndstooth pattern!|
|Cloths above crocheted with kitchen cotton|
|This is a softer cotton, variegated. I like how the variegation is broken up by the stitches in the previous row.|
Yup. This stitch is a winner. I can even see myself making an afghan with it. Here are some online examples of this stitch by other crocheters.