When I realised this book only had 7 patterns in it, I decided NOT to buy it. Then I saw an extract on Ysolda's blog and knew that I had to have the book despite the paucity of designs to knit. I loved the artwork and the layout and thought it was worth the money for that alone.
When I got my book I wasn't disappointed. The book is a work of art. It is beautiful to look at and Ysolda's trademark whimsical stamp is on every page. I love at least three of the seven patterns and quite like another couple, but these patterns are not the main reason to buy this book. This book is a wonderful resource for knitters who have got a firm grasp of knitting other people's patterns, but are sick of them not looking quite right. Every page of the front half of the book is dedicated to giving tips and tricks to improve technique and adjust fitting of knitting patterns in a way that flatters. The techniques involve such varied subjects as how to choose the right yarn to working out where to put waist shaping.
To help explain the techniques described, each of the patterns at the rear of the book is broken down into sections where you can insert your own measurements and calculations. The sizes cover 28" - 60" busts and each design is shown on two quite different sized women who are NOT models, but the author and her friend. There are many worked calculations so that you can follow the step by step instructions without being very good at maths.
Overall this books is a valuable resource for any knitter's shelf, with lovely designs to knit in ways that fit in the way you want them to.