If you are a knitter who considers techniques that are completely new to you or using continental methods or charts the Devil's Work this is not the book for you, I have knitted socks from the toe up before by using Wendyknits free patterns on the internet but never mastered Judy's magic cast on before and had used other methods such as short row shaping, this book has shown me quite clearly how to do the magic cast on, the instuctions are the sort where you do as you are told and find it has worked. I also mastered following a chart which I have struggled with in the past. I liked the idea of doing both socks at the same time and I did not once muddle up the 2 balls of wool. I liked the shape of the toes in these patterns better than some I have done in the past, I liked the heels less, but the point of this book is to show you how to master the technique to then use in your own knitting. The patterns in the book have some nice designs for all members of the family, and there are still a few patterns I will have a go at. I found some of them tell you what yarn to use often an American brand they then tell you what the tension is on the ball band and then the pattern knits to a different tension. This is useful in the lace patterns as lace never knits to the same tension as stocking stitch but I think it may confuse some. There are also facts and figures to help you design your own patterns or to adapt the existing, these need a clear head to understand, but on a second reading I was fine. So I would recommend this book if you are open minded to new ideas, and not too set in your ways, you could knit socks from this book if you are experienced in knitting but have little or no experience of socks but it's definately not for absolute beginners.