A few people have found that their patterned section draws in a bit too tightly (it varies depending on how you knit, and everyone is different). You may want to try them on after working the first pattern repeat and make sure they are comfortable. If you find them to be too snug, you can go up a needle size for the leg. Be sure to go back down to the regular needle size for the heel and foot.
The array of new sock constructions available today is marvelous. It’s wonderful that knitters are turning their creativity loose on something as classic and functional as the humble sock. But every now and then, it’s fun to return to the basic form.
This construction of this sock is quite simple. It is knit top down with a heel flap, traditional gussets, and basic toe. But this simple form allows the intricate patterning to shine. The front and back of the sock feature an elaborate criss cross pattern (it’s easier than it looks, and all done without a cable needle). The front and back are separated by a charming bit of fancy ribbing which carries on down the side of the foot and the heel. The combination is lovely and reminds me of intricate tile work.
If you want to make a smashing version of a classic sock, this just might be the pattern for you.