This Knitty article is about the only thing I've ever seen on the technique.
It's been ages since I've read it, but you could read it and see if she talks about stitch patterns and has any tips. You could also check her blog, I think there's a link at the end of the article, see if she's written anything else on the topic since this article came out. And even contact her.
Or, after doing a pair or two in plain st.stitch, pick a fairly simple patterned sock and have a go.