Skew Socks!!! These were surprisingly simple, despite being totally different from any other sock pattern out there. What's very obvious is the diagonals, made even more obvious by the fantastic self-striping yarn by RosyRetro. Commonly, the stripes would look like they do in the ribbing of the socks, but these put the toe essentially on the side of your foot, "skewing" the stripes.
I was amazed enough by the stripes, but then I got to the heel and was wowed. Another thing that pops up quite a bit in striped socks is that as you work the heel, you stop working the top part of the sock, so while the stripey pattern continues on to the heel, joining the yarn across the front again usually leads to stripes getting out of sequence. I know, it might seem minor (and really, it is), but now it can still be a bummer when you have some cool striping going, and then you don't. BUT, with Skew, you never stop working the front of the sock, but instead have a neat "origami moment" where you sew a few stitches together and suddenly you have a heel! It causes the socks to be pretty snug, being the one downfall of the sock, but when they look so cool, WHO CARES if you can't get them off?!