Please suggest an easier pattern if there is one.. LOL
This is where I learned to knit socks. http://www.k1p1design1.com/socks.html
Easier? I don't know. It worked for me. I used circular needles, I don't know whether that's easier, either.
I have to leave specific answers to specific problems to others who know more than I do.
I hope you have a happy outcome with your socks. Completing a pair is a real confidence booster.