Sometimes you might like to do that one stitch in from the edge, it makes it look neater - so k2tog the 2nd and 3rd stitch and the 2nd-to-last and 3rd-to-last stitch (knit 1, k2tog, knit until there are 3 stitches left on the left needle, k2tog, knit 1).
Can I recommend Saartjes baby bootees,
they are exquisitely cute! The pattern also has pictures of what you should have at several stages which is quite helpful, it might seem fiddly but if you look at the steps individually, there is nothing too difficult, as Ingrid notes. There are videos of stitches here (look at the top of the page) and also plenty of photos and good explanations for how to do all types of knitting stitches, seaming, and so on if you just Google for them.
Post pics when you are done with your bootees? We would all love to see them!