Once I have the full use of my hands again and can knit faster, I will show you a swatch or two, but I ran across something called Hurdle Stitch on Ravelry, and thought I would share, for those of you who knit and may not know it...
Work over an even number of stitches.
Rows 1 and 2: Knit
Rows 3 and 4: (K1, P1) across
Repeat rows 1 - 4.
here is a link to a nifty pair of socks they call Jayne in a sort of hurdle stitch