I actually didn’t use a pattern…well, sort of.
A lady at my LYS sent me a pattern for a basic pair of socks. I wasn’t sure if it was on size 3 or 6 needles, so I decided to go with three. But when another lady there looked at my pattern and at the number of stitches I was supposed to cast on, she said it would end up like a toddler’s sock if I did that pattern. So she gave me a pair of size 1s and told me to cast on 64 stitches. Basically, from there, I just knit to the heel flap, did sl1, k1 across and the sl1, p across. I turned the heel with the directions given to me by the lady when I went back for help (trying to remember them for the second sock, I’ll let you know when I do), and then just picked up stitches across the gusset. I think I ended up with something like 82 stitches, maybe more. From there, I didn’t really look at the pattern, but I looked at other directions at http://www.royea.net/sockdemo3.html for decreasing. I decreased back to 64 stitches, knit until 1 1/2 inches left, and then decreased to 31 stitches and then stitched them up.
I’d advise you to start with an actual pattern first. :thud: