The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd
Offering charts and plans for making infant- through adult-sized projects, this unique book provides knitters with a complete resource of more than 350 patterns for caps, tams, scarves, vests, sweaters, mittens, gloves, and socks that are written for multiple gauges to accommodate all weights of yarn from bulky to fingering. Also included are the basics of pattern design and alteration to allow for the addition of different types of texture and color patterns or the modification of existing patterns to accommodate more gauges. Patterns are also accompanied by an assortment of ideas for edgings and finishes, further expanding design options.
Cynthia says, "this is one of the first knitting books I bought and it's certainly the most well used book in my knitting library. I love how Ann has thoughtfully done all the math for me and given so many options in terms of sizes and gauges. This is a great book to take with you to a knitter's desert island!"