Book: The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, by Ann Budd
"Get Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges More than 350 ways to warm all of the hands, heads, feet, and bodies that you love. This book contain instructions for creating the most popular knitted items - socks, mittens, gloves, hats, tams, scarves, sweaters and vests - all sized from baby to toddler to large adult - all written for multiple gauges and yarn weights. Your Trusted Resource - Use it Over and Over Again. More versatile and useful than standard pattern books, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns features easy-to-follow, charted instructions plus a detailed glossary of techniques for both beginning and advanced knitters. Easy-To-Use Format The spiral-bound and hardback format makes this book as functional as it is informative and instructional. The lay-flat binding allows for hands-free access and the sturdy hardcover ensures you'll be able to use it for years to come."
A useful book for the handspinner: spin some yarn, knit a swatch so you can work out your gauge, then choose from one of the basic patterns, and cast on! The book includes many useful hints and tips for modifying the basic patterns, so you can make garments that are truly unique.