Zen and the Art of Knitting by Bernadette Murphy was published in 2002, and is easy to find online.
Each of the book's 10 chapters begins with a short description of a knitting stitch - literally, the knit stitch, for the first chapter.
I wasn't too sure about this book at first, but the very first sentence of the introduction grabbed me. "Knitting a sweater is a tremendous act of faith."
And it is.
This isn't in the most basic sense, a knitting book that includes very many patterns. Instead, it encompasses starting points. Even, in the back, a "basic get-going pattern". Which, pretty much sums it up.