The first edition of Sockupied devoted entirely to new socks knitters, Simply Sockupied, features my "go-to" sock pattern for knitting socks from the top down at 8 stitches/inch. Five sizes are provided to fit from children's shoe sizes 1-4 to women's 12-14/men's 11-13 shoe sizes.
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These socks feature the stretchy but sturdy Old Norwegian (also called German) cast-on; k3, p1 ribs around the leg and instep for a comfortable fit, a round heel with heel flap and gussets, and a wedge toe finished with Kitchener stitch. You can see the socks in my designs on Ravelry.
Whenever I want a mindless project for traveling, this is what I invariably pack in my bag. Wouldn't it be fun if everyone made a pair?