Knit 2 Together : patterns and stories for serious knitting fun 9781584795346 by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark is a quick, fun read. Most of the book is patterns, but rest is quite entertaining, The book includes 32 patterns by Clark. The designs are varied and range in skill level. Some of Clark’s designs seem fairly unusual, such as the linen kilt, some are kitschy, like the saucy apron, but they most are things I can picture real people wearing. You can see several of them here.
Modern classics: knit over twenty timeless designs 9781564776440 by Louisa Harding has a nice selection of sweaters and other knitted tops. The listing at the back shows 13 long-sleeved pullover sweaters, 1 short-sleeved, 1 twinset, 8 Cardigans/jackets and 1 vest. Five of the sweaters are really variation on the fitted sweater and the basic sweater so you can choose fit and neckline. Some of the sweater use single color yarn, other variegated and others have a pattern knit in (strip or stranded). I haven’t used the book so I can’t comment on the instructions. Harding has her own yarn line. I have never seen (or felt) her yarns that I know of, so I can’t comment on them either. The patterns are organized by weight of yarn