A little more elabourate explanation of the conundrum here: according to the Pythagoras principle (and its triples), it is impossible to have a square (which is simply two right triangles fit together) whose sides are integers that has a diagonal whose length is an integer number, too.

This is because 1^{2} + 1^{2} = sqrt(2)^{2}. Since the square root of 2 is an irrational number, all derivatives of this (a square of whatever side length that is an integer number) will have a diagonal of irrational length.

This is the closest I can get — specify an integer square, but the stripes will be of non-integer width: http://jsfiddle.net/teddyrised/SR4gL/2/

```
#thing {
height: 200px;
background-image: linear-gradient(-45deg, black 25%, transparent 25%, transparent 50%, black 50%, black 75%, transparent 75%, transparent);
background-size: 4px 4px;
}
```

The side lengths of the imaginary square, tiled over your element, will be 4px wide. This means the diagonal length would be sqrt(32), and the stripe will be 1.414…px when measured diagonally across (close to 1, but not quite there), or 2px wide when measured parallel to the x or y axis.