I am a total novice, and it explains almost everything. Having never seen a sock knitted before I was knitting the wrong way out! Once I got over that but though I am getting on fine now, the pictures are great, not just for socks, but for some of the other methods used more generally such as casting on and short row shaping. Nice if you just want some small projects for a holiday and dont want to do loads of intricate patterns, although there are these too. The guides for the different wools and size feet are also great, as are the designing tips. Sadly I find that actually knitting socks may not replace knitting jumpers for me, but I can happily see me knitting the occasional pair and no need to buy another book.