I bought this book for one reason, and one reason only - the entrelac stole on page 52 which I'd seen on Ravelry created in lovely graded colours. To me the idea of buying a scarf book was silly. After all they are mainly just rectangles and it is a simple matter for your average knitter to design a pattern and knit it - or so I thought. I didn't expect to like any of the other designs in the book. How wrong I was. As an ardent knitter I should have realized that Interweave would come up with something exceptional.
So, this book contains 31 patterns, a few of them for crochet. Yes, there is your basic striped scarf, but there are also a couple of shawls, a collar, a capelet with sleeves and a turtleneck collar with attached sleeves, which I wouldn't wear myself but which was strangely attractive. Although anyone could wear these scarves, there are a few that I would say were specifically designed with men in mind - and really nice they are too - and one specifically for kids. There are lots of styles to try - textures, cables, lace, a fair-isle, two with large designs on them including a Nicki Epstein dragon scarf, a couple of designs for novelty yarns, two beaded scarves and more. There are bright scarves and soft feminine scarves, chunky winter warmers and elegant town scarves. I reckon that if you want to learn to knit, or to widen your skills, you could treat these scarves as lessons. By the end of the book you'll have a load of gifts for your friends and have learnt all sorts of techniques into the bargain.
If you want to see more before you buy, do join Ravelry or Flickr and search for this book title. I'm sure you'll be inspired. Otherwise take a look at the designers in this book - Jo Sharp, Nicki Epstein, Debbie Bliss, Nancy Bush, Kathy Zimmerman, Ann Budd and more. You get the idea - this is top stuff.