on 30 January 1998
A disapointment after her previous "classics" book and her published patterns. Maybe Ms. Moss wanted a write-off for her trip through Africa and the Middle East, but I'm not inclined to help fund it. The designs in this book are (with the exception of one sweater vest) not the kind of thing you would actually WEAR anyplace (including Casual Fridays), regardless of how interesting they may be to craft as a technical exercise. Frankly, as a working mom I just don't have time for knitting "exercises," which may explain my frustration with the book. Most of the designs suffered from some very unfortunate choices with regard to the colorways. There are some interesting "bits" of designs and constructions that you might be able to use in another sweater project, but on the whole I found it to be very derivative of what Fassett was doing 10 years ago without adding much of additional value.
on 31 March 2015
I wanted this book for one particular pattern I'd seen on ravelry, after reading the reviews on here I wasn't keen on buying the book but got a copy cheaply on Amazon Marketplace. The book arrived today. I can't believe that the people who left such negative comments are actually writing about the same book! Granted the sweater patterns are very dated and quite garish but if use the pattern as a basis and tone down the colours, use the motifs on a more fitted pattern etc etc you would have something very attractive and very wearable. And there are some great techniques here! A gored coat/jacket, a stitch I've never seen before ... All of these would make the book worthwhile.
But in fact most of the patterns are really nice and haven't dated at all, look at the Serape (wrap), the slippers and socks, and there are some stunning afghans and cushions to make. This book is an inspirational read for any knitter who is willing to change pattern colour schemes and be a bit creative with ideas and concepts.