This is a really wierd addition to this thread, b/c I bought my book at a thrift store and it is a 1979 edition. Anyway here goes:
Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework; the Reader's Digest Assoc. Inc., Pleasantville, NY/Montreal, Library of Congress Code 78-71704, ISBN 0-89577-059-8. (That's the only way I know to tell you how to trace the book).
It has crochet, quilting, and other needlework too, but I'm not so interested in those.
Why I like it: it is packed with info and pictures on how to do everything you every wondered about. It starts with a complete explanation of every type of yarn and knitting accessory, then about 7 different ways to cast on. It has complete instructions of basic stitches, but also gauge, binding off, inc, dec., etc. Then it has pictures and patterns of a zillion different kinds of stitches. It tells you how to make a pattern for your own sweater, including how to do different types of sleeves, borders, buttonholes, and necklines. It's really awesome.
On another note, everyone on craftster.org seemed to be raving about "Knitting without Tears." I bought it b/c the owner of my LYS said it would help me make my own patterns. It doesn't have a lot of pictures (
) but it does have a lot of sage wisdom about how to correct things and start off on the right foot.