It's hard to overstate the influence of Elizabeth Zimmermann in the knitting world. She revolutionized the way a lot of people thought about their knitting, their writing, and the value of both. Also, she did it all while remaining down-to-earth and approachable.
Knit One Knit All - Elizabeth Zimmermann's Garter Stitch Designs was, like The Opinionated Knitter, published after her death. Using her notes, knitted items, and, tellingly, the suggestion she made in 1972 that her publisher should consider garter stitch as a subject, this book of about forty patterns is finally available from the business she founded, Schoolhouse Press.
One of the questions I try to answer in these notes about books is: "Is it a technique or a pattern book?" The answer, as with all of Elizabeth's writing, is, very much, BOTH.
True, patterns are there. Divided into chapters of Heads, Hands & Feet, Babies, Vests, Sweaters, and Jackets, they leap off the page through their photographs (the cover shot is a good example of this) and little drawings that look hand-made.
But, the meat in this book is in the encouragement, always there, just under the surface, to the knitter to go their own way.
There are even mittens that can be worn on the left or right hand, depending on how they are folded. Genius!
Thorough abbreviations and techniques are explained toward the back of the book.
The very back, however, is for every knitter who has ever thought, "Do I have the Bog Jacket pattern somewhere?" (If you own Knitting Around, the last book Elizabeth made before she passed, you do.)