Spoiler-proof, proof! Starting new on PC, I decided to give a SL1 run a try, after a few frustrations, I decided to cheese the last 1/3rd of the game. I'm no souls professional, so I wasn't able to do the 360 no-scope MLG playthrough, especially with low AGL. And in the end, I decided to go with cheese.
In the bottom left hand corner is basically how I was able to kill 90% of all of the major bosses.
What made the run almost trivial for me was two handing the Royal Kite Shield +10. This is by far the easiest way to do SL1.
Rings: Third Dragon Ring, Southern Ritual Band +2, Ring of Life Protection, Chloranthy Ring +2
Executioners Chariot can be a little tricky, but using a 100% physical block shield does wonders. You can also cheese him with holy water as well. Najka for the Southern Ritual Band +2 is ezpz.
If you feel comfortable dodging, then you probably can get away with any set up. For bosses up til Velstadt, I two handed a Mace. The biggest hurdle was Giant Lord, which would one shot me even through shields. Dung pies + holy water is what got me through that fight.
EDIT: I've decided to start a LP on youtube for SL1. I've restarted the game to document my journey again!
The first episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qbPPQ8nfvY