Because I work each sock one at a time, I usually end up with one sock slightly different than the other due to missing a row or two. But, when I am diligent in keeping track of the rows, the pair will end up perfect.
The pair below is a basic stockinette sock. I let the yarn give the pizzaz to keep the knitting simple.
Here are the tools that I use:
Double Pointed Needles
Fingering Weight Sock yarn
(not shown: darning needle)
I am totally in love with these DPNs that are named Darrn Pretty Needles, made in Vermont. They are wooden and have the sharpest points and feel like glass. These are size 2 and I prefer the 4 inch length for socks.
I have found that if I diligently mark off each row when working each foot, the socks come out perfectly. I use a notebook with grid lines, but any paper will do. I like the note book as I can look back to previous socks and make sure I have the right size and stitch count for all my family members. As you can see, I have two sections for right and left foot:
I don't actually use a pattern, but I adhere to the 50/50 method (using half of the stitches for the heel and gusset).
Once they are done, don't forget to block them for that added look of professional knitting!
I knit this pair for my oldest daughter, Erin, who loves the outdoors. She goes hiking, trekking, snowboarding, skiing... and who needs to keep her feet warm!
I know that the magic loop is very popular now and to knit both socks at once seems to be very gratifying, but there are still those of us that prefer the DPN method.