The stitch patterns for the most part are fairly basic, but I did find at least half that I haven't used. I have 3 different stitch pattern books that I use to create my own designs and patterns, and this is a great addition. My favorite part of the book is the pictures. They are close enough for you to see detail and can easily tell if you are doing it correctly. The directions are very clear and even beginners without any knowledge of any stitches other than ch, sc, and dc will have a very easy time picking up skill.