If you are a knitter or know someone who wants to be..."All About Knitting" is the one book (resource) to get them. It is now in softcover. With 20 well-done projects for babies, kids and grown-ups. The patterns are beautifully executed. The skill level ranges from easy to challenging.
Having this book is the first step to a life long hobby. The first section will teach you the basics. Once you read about what yarn and needles to buy, you are off to learn how to cast on, hold the yarn...using written instructions and line drawings. 'Following a pattern' will explain picking a project and how to get started.
Techniques like working in the round (even turning a heel), colorwork, intarsia, cables and adding a pocket, zipper and buttonholes are among the skills you will learn step by step. The book is nicely laid out and the photographs are large, and clearly show the details. A 40 stitch pattern gallery will inspire you to increase your skill level.
Start with 'Tassel Hat' for toddlers up to 5-6 years. An easy pattern with a finished look you will take pride in. It is worked in two colors, requires no shaping and uses the stockinette and seed stitch (knit and purl) with a tassel off of each corner. 'Baby Slippers' are delicate and make a perfect heirloom gift. This intermediate level project is for newborns up to 9 months. It is a small enough project that will motivate you to expand your knitting skills. Proceed to socks, a handbag, afghans, gloves, sweater and more.
Add this to your wish list. You will find this book a helpful reference as a path to knitting .