GabriellesMom, I don't know if you're new to knitting like I am, but I just got Book 1: The Knit Stitch inspiration & instruction by Sally Melville, and I'm lovin' it! It has all the basic techniques with great photos and instruction. It has already helped a lot with fixing mistakes
and it has some basic patterns for all types of things for every one you'd want to knit for (Einsten jacket/coat is so kewl!) and it's all in knit :D I got it at Joann's with a 40% off coupon and next I want her The Purl Stitch book.