Canadian Living Magazine puts a free knitting pattern in every issue. The current issue has Weekend Socks by Glenna C, the talented host of the Knitting to Stay Sane blog. (See link below.)
One thing that often stops folks from starting a pair of socks is that they have a ton of stitches, and are some small accessories. Making them in a worsted weight solves this concern! Worsted socks have about half the stitches of traditional socks on a pair of 2's. This pattern is a great starter pattern, and a quick and easy pattern for experienced knitters. Give it a go!