Converting 5 needle pattern to 4?

I am making the “Simply Sweet Socks” pattern found here.

I have made the North Country Cotton baby socks using 4 needles, so I am hoping that knowledge will get me through this with 4 needles… I have made it through using just 4 needles so far, but at the gusset decrease it is very specific about what goes on which needle.

My question is, why do some sock patterns call for 4 needles and other 5? Will it mess the sock up if I do it on 4, as long as I keep up with what goes where?

You could use markers to note which is which, but if you’ve made socks before it shouldn’t really matter how many needles.

This might help, too. There are great photos.
http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Start.htm

I finished them and you are right Jan. If you have made socks before it doesn’t matter how many needles. Thank you. I feel very proud for making that work! LOL.

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My question is, why do some sock patterns call for 4 needles and other 5?
I think the reason is that some folks like to work with 5 needles and some with 4 so they write patterns both ways. I don’t like using 5 needles much, I prefer the triangle to the square as I work.