The sock pattern is from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. The stitch repeat is called a railway stitch. It is a simple pattern consisting of strictly knitted and purled stitches that results in an interesting textured fabric.
I used Louet Gems fingering weight in caribou. It's a soft yarn, but not as squishy as I prefer for a sock yarn. Sometimes while knitting it felt more like string than yarn. Yarn should have some stretch and puffiness to it, which this usually did. But there were tight sections with almost no give whatsoever that prevents Louet from being my new favorite sock yarn. It makes a nice sock, it just doesn't feel amazing to work with.
The worst part about knitting socks for Jon? Size 13 feet. I can't wait to make Mike a pair of size 16 socks. It is amazing how much additional time it takes to knit the extra rows for a longer foot! I was so excited to make socks for my comparably tiny feet -- because they would be smaller and also because it meant a new pair of socks for me! :D