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Little Dragon Socks are made from the toe up with a backwards Dutch (or horseshoe) heel. The free pattern will be available at journalgazette.net/craftyliving starting on January 29, 2012, along with a podcast featuring Donna Druchunas.
Interesting set-up for socks. You do the top of the foot first, then a short row toe, and finally you work the bottom of the sock in stockinette picking up stitches along the edges. Hoffnungangestrickt by steffilinden, via Flickr.