I am a beginning knitter. I HAD NEVER MADE A PAIR OF SOCKS UNTIL I RECEIVED THIS BOOK! When I first flipped through the pictures and patterns, I thought, "Maybe this is beyond my knitting ability level." However, as I followed the author's meticulous, step-by-step instructions, each subsequent portion of the directions made sense as I continued knitting along. The directions are very detailed, and the pictures are clear and helpful. I am pleased to report that my first pair of knitted socks turned out incredibly well, thanks to this book!
The author provides "The Basic Sock Pattern," on pages 20-33, to show exactly how to make a pair of plain, worsted-weight socks on two size 5 circular needles (one 16" circular needle and one 24" circular needle). There are 19 individual photographs (Figures 1-19) in The Basic Sock section that aid the reader in understanding the well-written directions.
Since the 16 inch and 24 inch needles are different lengths, you will not get confused regarding which row/round you are knitting. I followed the author's suggestion of using point protectors to differentiate between needles for the first few rounds. Bryson knitting point protectors can be cut in half with a sharp craft knife (these point protectors have holes for two needle tips). After cutting one point protector in half, I put halves on two of the four needle tips to differentiate between the 16 and 24 inch needles.
In addition, illustrated diagrams and written instructions are provided in the "Knitting Basics" section of the book. Instructions are included for the Long-Tail Cast On, Knit Two Together, Purl Two Together, Slip Slip Knit, Slip Slip Purl, Make One Stitch, the Kitchener Stitch Bind Off (Grafting), and other stitches mentioned throughout the patterns in this book. As a beginning knitter, I did not previously know how to "Slip Slip Purl" or how to do the Kitchener Bind Off (to graft the final toe stitches together). Since the author provided these instructions in this book, I did not have to search the internet to find directions elsewhere.
In addition to The Basic Sock Pattern, there are 8 more sock patterns in this book. You can make bulky-weight socks (1 pattern), socks with beads (1), socks with stripes (2 patterns), socks with cables (1), anklet ruffle socks (1), and socks with knitted lace (2). Besides the patterns in the book, the author gives instructions for "Converting Patterns From Double-Pointed to Circular Needles." With the conversion instructions, you can convert any double-pointed needle sock pattern to the two-at-a-time circular needles method.
This book is a wonderful resource if you want to make two socks at once (from the cuff down) on two circular needles!