Finally, after about eight years of knitting, I worked up enough courage to try knitting socks! And like what happened with trying cables, it turned out to be a TON easier than I ever imagined. I highly recommend Easy, Peasy Socks for First Timers by Stacey Trock. Stacey has put together a wonderful step-by-step set of instructions that really is step-by-step - nothing's left out! And it's a free pattern! I just followed each step and became more and more amazed as a sock magically appeared. I used Dream in Color's Classy Worsted in Flower Drum Song.
The pattern uses worsted weight, which makes for a bulkier sock that's more like a slipper, but the worsted weight makes it easy to see the stitches you work with.
Being flushed with success, I immediately cast on my second pair, this time in fingering yarn. So ... I used Tin Can Knit's Rye pattern and mistakenly thought I remembered it calling for fingering yarn. Nope. No wonder I had to fiddle around with different sized needles to get gauge! It turned out fine, though - I just got a looser knit sock which works well for summer wearing. This pair is in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Super Sparkle and was made for my granddaughter.
Now my pattern queue is blowing up with all the new sock patterns I added! And my yarn stash just may also be exploding with new skein-mates ....
Happy Creating! Deborah