i have found as a beginner its all abit confusing, what hooks? yarn etc and think its good to get one book and stick to what it says rather than gathering an assortment of advice from many books as they seem to contradict each other in tips and techniques. the dummies quide is a great start point for anyone new to crocheting, the instructions are straightforward and the diagrams are clear. the stitches explained are the very basic stitches so you aren't baffled by instructions way ahead of your experience. hooks, yarns etc are explained in a clear and concise way. my only gripe is that the patterns included, although very basic and great for the beginner, are very dull and uninspiring, yes they practice the basic techniques taught within the book but hey, a little imagination wouldn't of been amiss, but apart from this its a great book.