This pattern is by Knitter Gal. She designed the sock pattern for her husband and is one of the few designs I actually will attempt. Of course, i knit from the toe up, two socks at a time on thin-cabled circular needles, AND I do exclusively short-row heels. I like the look of these heels better than the gussetted ones, but it is a matter of taste. She offers this pattern free, so I will share.