Although some of the patterns are a little dated, there are also some really great ones. Includes men's, women's, and children's clothes and items for the home. I particularly like the baby clothes and blankets. The instructions for all patterns are generally clear. I made my first sweater as a beginning knitter using a pattern from this book. The front of book general instructions are good - I frequently refer to the instructions in this book on how to pick up stitches.
The Great Knitting Book includes how-to techniques for the beginning and experienced knitter, with a varied collection of patterns for the entire family -- afghans, fashions, baby garments, accessories, household items, toys and much more. Patterns are written in easy to follow style with many large, clear diagrams included in the 160 pages.