We all know about the "sweater curse," but is there a general knitwear curse too? Hope not, because these are for my b.f. :) The pattern is "Jeck" (free Ravelry download). It's a nice easy sock and the slip stitch rib makes for a nice contrast of color and keeps it interesting. I didn't like the toe; it seemed way too much trouble so I just did a very standard one (knit to 3 before sole, k2tog, k1, k1, ssk).
Extras: The pocket is from Cat Bordhi's "Tomato Heel Socks." I haven't tried the tomato heel yet but will soon. I did like the pocket idea, though I made mine smaller because I figured that anything of any size would just make the sock slip down. It's too small for the cell phone really, even though it's a light one (and it did slip). But small and roughly square, it is just right for other things...you know, a key! A lighter! A spare moist towlette! ;)
I also love Cat Bordhi's "Hungry Stitch" method of making ssks straight and tight. Actually these seem to take care of themselves when they get washed though in something like a sweater where they're large and noticeable, it would be more important. Still, the anal retentive part of me loves doing that on the gusset decreases. It makes the whole process more interesting too.