From The Wise Book of Knitting and Crocheting,
that belonged to my mom, copyright 1949
The Wise Handbook of Knitting and Crocheting by Miriam Morrison Peake is my go-to knit and crochet book. It's the first one I ever looked at as a kid, and it's still the first one I crack open whenever I need help. It belonged to my mother, and since she is gone, this book takes the place of her sage advice on knitting and crocheting. It makes me happy every time I pick it up.
The many stitches that are explained there, are classic and interesting. I knitted one of the patterns for my first attempt at socks, and it was very clear. It gave me a good grounding in sock construction.