Originally Posted by laikabear
I have a book called Teach Yourself Visually knitting that I like a lot and use as a reference. It has a few patterns also. I also have The Big Book of Knitting (well, it's not that big) that is even more in-depth as far as seaming / finishing instructions. I'd vote for either of those.
I have to ditto the Teach Yourself Visually
book. I spent years trying to help my mom understand knitting. Even when I showed her, she just couldn't get it. She still wouldn't give up. I bought her this book and she finally understood. She recently finished her very first project!
I also found The Knitter's Bible
to be a great resource. It got me beyond straight knitting like scarves. It has also been the inspiration for most of the designs I've created myself.