Okay, so I still have not knit any socks, however I have started crocheting another 2 pairs. I use the term pair loosely, the top sock is certainly going to wind up as a pair. I love how it is turning out and I have plenty of yarn for the second sock. The pattern is from the Interweave Crochet Issue Winter 2011 on page 56. The top sock is out of a fingering weight yarn using a size E crochet hook following the pattern almost exactly. I added a few decreases where the sock hits my ankle to avoid the pouch of fabric the other sock is showing. The bottom sock, which will not have a matching mate but I believe will wind up having a crazy mate out of a different yarn altogether, is made using the same hook as well as the same pattern. The top sock has a looser fabric, I will probably try and play with that if I have any yarn left after the pair is finished, but the bottom sock has a much tighter fabric.
According to sock experts this means that the bottom sock will wear better and the top will wear out sooner. I have to confess, if I can figure out a good pattern that will work with fingering weight yarn, yet be fun to crochet, I don’t think I will ever bother learning to knit socks. Only time will tell however. There is a new form of knitting needles called Addi FlexiFlips and they might be what I need to help socks become easy enough for me to consider knitting, but at over $20 a set I almost think I would have to be in love with sock knitting before I invest. Fortunately I might be able to visit a yarn store and take these for a test knit sometime and see if it is worth the investment. Until then, I’m going to keep crocheting socks!