For the benefit of new knitters, I thought it would be useful to have a place here which lists those knitting books which we have found to be the most helpful to us. I am confident this information would be very beneficial to those guys who visit our site and who are just learning, thinking about learning or returning to knitting. There is an overwhelming number of knitting books available on today's market and a person could get lost in all of them. I'd like to list under two catagories: The best instruction book and the best knitting reference book.
My favourite instruction book is "Knitting in Plain English" by Maggie Righetti. Until I found this book, I was unable to figure out how to knit. She is witty and explains things in an easy to comprehend fashion. And, once I had done the "Dumb Baby Sweater" I found I had the confidence to jump right into knitting an adult jersey.
My favourite reference book is "Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book". If I ever learn even 1/10th of its contents before I die, I'll consider myself lucky. I have a copy of it's smaller workbag sized edition which I find easier to have at hand.
Of course, I have some other reference books that I use occasionally such as "Knitting Without Tears" by Elizabeth Zimmermann and "The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques" by Nancie Wiseman. But, the two I've listed above are my stranded-on-a-deserted-island books.