Jane Brocket's titles are very enticing - "The Gentle Art...." "The Gentle Art of Knitting" is a great book of easy knitting patterns, and personal anecdotes. It is a book that one can first read simply for pleasure, and then 'gently' be tempted to try the patterns.
This book is a wonderful aid to beginner, as well as more experienced embroiderers. The introduction is comprehensive, and the stitches are very well illustrated and explained. There are also patterns that can be copied and stitched. Well worth the purchase.