I am disappointed that there was not at least one top-down and one toe-up pattern readily available with tips and hints for beginners similar to the cast-on methods. Your people mentioned both methods--in fact one person likes top-up best. As a beginner, I was disappoihnted and felt you were publishing for the people who are already in love with sock knitting.
I'm sorry you were disappointed.
Each of the designers in the first issue felt that a
top-down pattern would work best for the design they had in mind. The next
issue features a mix of top-down and toe-up patterns.
Deciding on the level of the material was really
challenging; as a counterpoint, I received messages from a number of readers
who found the material in the first issue too basic because they were very
experienced sock knitters. A happy medium is hard to find! I hope the first
issue will be of use to you as you fall more in love with sock knitting--which
is pretty habit-forming.
We'd consider doing a more beginner-focused issue in the
future if there was sufficient interest.
(Sorry for the weird code at the top! I can't seem to make it go away...)