I highly recommend this 2002 edition! Yarn and needles could be better addressed on the first page beyond (paraphrased) 'You'll need some yarn and needles' but otherwise this edition is far better for beginning knitters of any age. Ms Eckman starts off properly with suggestions on choosing Continental or English style knitting and follows that through the rest of the booklet (29 chock-a-block pages of knitting tuition).
I have given this a 5* review but feel I should make a point of saying this is not a 'stand-alone' learn-to-knit book. Just for one example of why this isn't a stand-alone title, the author gives no tips or hints on keeping the wool or yarn on the needle whilst trying to move the stitches from one needle to another! Too, the author (a woman I am a huge fan of!) fails to mention that pins should be short (shorter needles=more manageable knitting!) and wood to make it easier to keep stitches from slipping off (wood is 'grippier' than plastic or metal). I'm an adult learner coming to knitting somewhat late in life (I'm 59) and am using online videos and four other books with this one to learn to knit - lol, so far a lot of what I'm learning is how not to learn - don't start off with 30+cm metal needles - a living breathing knitter next to me on the sofa would have told me that from the start.
A young person should not be expected to receive this book, a pair of pins and a ball of wool and suddenly become a knitter - he/she will need a knitter to guide them through the first few months of knitting.
Otherwise, this book is excellent for learning to knit! The photos are very, very good, the text is simple enough for the most inexperienced would-be-knitter to grasp, and the layout gently leads the knitter through from casting on (only one shown and it's not one I would choose, but heigh ho) through first stitches (knit and purl), binding off, and into the techniques needed to complete the patterns presented in the booklet (headband, bow, cushion, bracelets, shoulder bag, teddy bear waistcoat, young girl's waistcoat, small rucksack, hat, and an afghan).
Along the way Ms Eckman introduces each new technique in a way that makes it logical and doable:) Tension/gauge, knitting in the round on circular and double-pointed needles, increasing/decreasing, following patterns - it's all covered here, and covered very well! I have the 2012 edition and much prefer this one. Once I learn to knit well, I'll use these books to help my grandchildren learn - win-win!