Needles: (size, material, style) Two 2.25 mm circular needles for two-socks-two-circulars method
Knitting style: (for stitch patterns) English for stocking stitch in the round and Combination for ribbing and heel
Heel and toe style: Judy’s Magic Cast on, flat toe and toe-up gusset heel with flap.
Modifications: None (I know – you may have to lie down now!)
The yarn (which I don’t think is available in the UK – feel free to prove me wrong!) feels quite hard-wearing and would be a good basic sock yarn to have in your stash. The stripes do repeat but there are long intervals and the stripes are not even. It’s for this main reason that I didn’t bother trying to make the socks identical.
The “difference” in these socks is due to the gusset increases being placed on the bottom of the foot, rather than on the sides. Other than aesthetics, I can’t see any fit advantage to placing the increases here. That’s not to say there’s no point knitting them, but there’s no need to abandon a “standard” toe-up gusset-heel sock pattern.
I knit these socks because I needed another pair of wool socks with a decent leg length and at least I can now say I’ve knit them!