Wow, you guys, thanks!! I printed out Silver’s chart, and what the rest of you are saying makes sense. Since I have knit most of one sock (and then frogged it), I understand about the heel and all of that.
As for frogging the one I almost had done … I used The Sock Calculator, and I can’t recommend the pattern generated from that. It was enormous. I have since switched to the pattern from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, and it seems much more reasonably sized. (The sock calculator told me to cast on 60 stitches, while the book is coming out to only 44.)
Now, I found out that my MIL wants a pair of black mittens for Christmas, and I SO want to knit them for her. I haven’t made mittens yet, so I’m a little nervous to make my first mittens as a Christmas gift. Perhaps I could buy a pair as backup. :oops: