Daylong Socks, Both Ways
Here’s the the pattern for the socks with princess feet--the bottom of the heel, the sole of the foot, and the toe are all in reverse stockinette stitch. The smooth knit side of the stockinette faces inside against the sole of the foot for a more comfortable sock. The trick is that the foot is knit inside out. No additional purling is needed. The leg and instep are ribbed for a stretchy, comfy fit.
There are two versions, one for cuff-down socks with a heel flap and gusset and another for toe-up socks with a boomerang short-row heel. The simplicity of the pattern makes this an easy knit and allows these instructions to be used to reverse the foot of almost any sock pattern. Use Daylong Socks as a blueprint to improve the comfort of your next socks.
As a bonus, there is a supplemental pdf containing instructions for continuing the toe-up socks to knee-high length. (Added on March 23, 2014)
As of March 21, 2014, the pattern has been revised by the designer and technically edited by Amy Jones. Formatting was changed to follow the standard and typos were corrected. Prior to that date, this pattern was published as three separate patterns, including one longer version that provided instructions for both toe-up and cuff-down. After revision, the longer version was eliminated.
Both versions and the Knee Socks Supplement are now available for one price.