Lemme see if I can figure out a way to explain this....
When I make my clogs, I have them sole up, so the opening of the clog where you would put your foot is facing my lap. I start picking up stitches at the toe, then move to the left. Whe we speak of doing it the same way, that means sole up with the foot opening face down (as I do) or doing it with the sole on your lap and the top of the clog looking up at you and starting at the toe and moving left again.
I think with the sole up, it's easier to see the stitiches, but that's just me
I hope this helps!