generally i knit socks 2 on 2, but when it comes to [B]needles[/B] the choices include:
2 straight–(knit flat and seamed. (there are several ways to do this)
2 straight --knit in simple double knitting (a PITA)
1 Circ (magic loop)
2 circ’s (1 on 2 or 2 on 2)
then there are DIRECTIONS…
splits (start --with a provisional cast on–at heel, knit down to toe, then pick up stitches at cast on, and knit up to cuff)
*better mouse trap (knit flat and grafted)
the * are Debbie New designs.
Toe up can be started at toe tip,
or on instep, (knit down to toe tip, then back up to end of toe, (flat) then pick up stitches and continue in round
there are at least 5 'standard heels’
Flap/turned/gusseted, (and the 2 styles of reverse engineered (toe up) flap/turned/gusseted style!)
Flap turned gussets heel come in
pointed (aka hankerchief)
Afterthought have several shapes too, as do gansey/short row and sherman-
and then there are novely heels…
spanish, (a double shaped sort row (found on Blue Stocking, Tsock Tsarinas free sock pattern) banded, (aka Turkish)
and lots of others!
EZ has documented almost as many ways of turning a heel as i have already listed, --in case you want to try something different!
and then there is toe shapping…
flat (aka French (the most common toe style)
you can knit dozens of pairs of socks, and mix and match heels and toes, and directions…
and don’t forget cast on’s and bind off’s!–all this before you add stitch patterns or stripes, or other design elements!
its easy to make socks for ages, and never knit 2 pairs alike!