I've been knitting for well over 20 years and one of the most valuable references in my knitting library is The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. I can not even count how many items I have made based on the patterns from this book.
The book includes basic knitting and sizing instructions for eight different types of garments - mittens, gloves, hats, tams, scarves, socks, vests and sweaters. The best part is that the instructions can easily be adjusted depending on the weight of yarn you are using or the size of the garment you are knitting. (You will need to work a gauge swatch before beginning any of these projects.)
Socks are my very favorite thing to knit from this book. I have made chunky socks and lighter weight ones, wool and acrylic, and everything in between in just about every shoe size.
Here's the most recent pair I made (for myself) with some beautifully hand dyed yarn from Kookaburra Yarns.
Since I have had so much luck with the other patterns in The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, I decided to try making my first pair of mittens from another stunning skein of yarn from Kookaburra Yarns and was thrilled with the results. Here's my very first mitten.
This book is not for novices. You need to be familiar with the basics of knitting. But if you are ready to expand your knitting horizons and create your own unique clothing with your favorite yarn in any size, I highly recommend, The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.