"The Reader's Digest Knitter's Handbook - A comprehensive guide to the principles and techniques of handknitting" by Montse Stanley; 1986,2001; softcover; 318 pages.
This book has been mentioned at times by other MWK members. I am always looking for good technical books and I am very pleased with the purchase of this book. I was a bit put-off when I saw it was produced by Reader's Digest but believe me, this is anything but a "condensed" version. When I first looked through the book, I kept thinking it looked European and sure enough, it was originally published in Great Britain. I don't know if others find a huge difference between the knitting books published in the US and those published in Europe which I prefer (but that's for another discussion). This book is so complete that it could easily stand as the only knitting book in a person's library. There are hundreds of techniques, all illustrated. I was delighted to see a section on Scottish knitting (fixed with belt, holder or armpit), yarn around the neck, cutting & sewing (but nothing about steeks!) and other little-mentioned techniques. The 2 pages called "How to use this book" are so practical they're humourous! Contents headings: Basics, Get clicking, Final Touches, Pattern Instructions, Help!, Gauge Charts. I learn more quickly by watching (DVD's) but I keep picking up this book just to read a bit more and try to absorb all the information contained in it.
I can unreservedly recommend this reference book. It easily can stand with pride next to your volume of "The Big Book of Knitting"!