Knitted socks are some of the most comfortable socks to wear and if you knit them by hand or on a machine you have the satisfaction that you made them yourself.
Knitting is a nice hobby that you can do almost anywhere and socks are a good project since they are beautiful and useful. Socks keep your feet warm and help protect your feet from calluses and blisters.
You can make knitted socks out all kinds of different yarns like cotton, wool, linen, rayon, silk or man made fibers. What you make your socks with is a personal choice. For some people wool is too itchy and silk is too hard to care for. Others prefer wool or silk because they keep your feet warm even when wet but they can be expensive compared to acrylic yarns. Acrylic is an easy to care for material that last a long time compared to other types of material and it is readily available since you can buy it at most craft stores.
Socks come in many varieties. You can knit a plain sock that is the typical sock most people wear. A bed sock is great for sleeping in but not so good to wear in your shoes. There is a pattern for a sock with a fuzzy cuff that looks pretty to wear or a sock with a plain cuff that stays up better then other types of socks. Work socks keep your feet warm and protected in outdoor environments.
The sock you choose to make is up to you but if this is the first pair of socks you have knitted I suggest a plain basic sock until you get used to how a sock is knitted. A basic sock is easy to make and the best for a beginning knitter. Even if you have knitted sock by hand you should still make a basic sock for your first sock on your knitting machine. This will help you get to know your knitting machine and you will not get so frustrated with the project. After you are comfortable with the basic sock then you can get fancy.
Knitted socks come in different sizes and it is important to make a sock that will fit the person you are making the socks for. It is also important to make two socks of the same size and that can be difficult. Make sure you count your stitches and keep the tension the same for both socks and they should come out the same size.
If you would like to learn more of see a free knitting machine sock pattern you can go to http://www.angoravalley.com/patterns/patterns.html.