Several readers asked for more details on the Basic Blue Socks, so here is (hopefully) everything you wanted to know about knitting basic socks.
Yankee Knitter Designs Classic Socks for the Family
Eight years ago, I ordered this pattern. If one knows knit and purl, it is possible to learn everything you need to know about how to knit a basic sock from this leaflet, including how to use double points, turn a heel, pick up the gussets, and kitchener up the toe.
I know that is true, because this pattern was my one and only sock knitting teacher.
As well as being an excellent tutorial, it has numbers for fingering, sport, and worsted weight socks for the entire family, baby to daddy, done in stockinette, k1p1 rib, k2p2 rib, or k3p1 rib. Once you get the basics down, it's a great reference for the rest of your sock knitting years.
Yankee Knitter patterns are sold at many yarn stores, including Web's.
Bob's Boring Birthday Socks, totally basic k1, p1 ribbing on cuff, are straight out of the men's worsted weight pattern in the Classic Socks Leaflet with only one small addition.
Instead of switching to solid stockinette for the top of the foot, I extended a few of the purl channels down to the toe. Totally optional.
My blue socks were knit on 38 stitches. I've knit so many socks, I don't need a pattern, but I know these socks vary little from my old standby, the Classic Socks Leaflet.
After the k1p1 ribbing, I switched to a wider ribbing for the rest of the cuff.
Back: k3, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k3 (19 stitches)
Front: k2, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k2 (19 stitches)
That is basically k3, p1 ribbing except there is a 5 stitch stockinette panel down the center of the front and down each side.