This is a follow-up to Schurch’s previous book, Sensational Knitted Socks. Together, these two highly collectible books make up a powerful sock arsenal that’ll keep you going for years.
You just need to be comfortable navigating patterns somewhat like a board game—you find your first clue and proceed to the next, and the next, and the next, until you’re done. Only in this case, you’re determining if you’re going to use four DPNs, five DPNs, or two circular needles, then you’re finding your foot length and yarn gauge on a chart that then tells you how many stitches to cast on, and so on.
I found it helpful to make a personal-use photocopy of the patterns I was knitting, so I could block out the irrelevant sections and highlight my personal details and not get too lost.
Schurch is very big on showing you a basic pattern and then explaining all the ways in which you could modify the sock to better fit your preferences. Her patterns are organized by type of stitch pattern used on the sock, and each is followed by a mini-stitch guide of other possible stitch patterns that could also be used for that sock.
Between the wide variety of possible gauges and sizes and the large number of substitute stitch patterns, these books really do give you tons of options.