I am knitting my first pair of socks. I am taking a class at my favorite LYS, LovelYarns in Baltimore, MD. I am overwhelmed but trudging on. It is a toe down pattern. The magic cast-on was difficult at first, but I managed after about 10 tries! My "make-ones" seem off, but I am looking at all of this as a learning experience. My teacher, Erin, is fabulous.