I started with Knitting Basics by Betty Barnden. It has drawings and pictures - most books usually have one or the other and they both have their advantages. I just got The Knitting Experience: The Knit Stitch and the Knitting Experience: the Purl Stitch by Sally Melville. Terrific books! I didn't realize I was doing so many things wrong. Knitting Basics shows one way to cast on, which works. But I have patterns that call for a "long tail cast on" and now that I have read part of the Knitting Experience, I know what that is. Vogue Knitting covers it all. It just depends on whether you want the basic details to get started or if you want to know everything.