I recently taught myself to knit using the book shown in this picture. I learned to crochet a long time ago, although not very well, and I have been using the Knifty Knitter Looms for a while now, but I felt like that was cheating a little bit and I wanted to learn to knit the "real" way. I thought I would have to take a class or beg someone to show me until I found this book at my local library. I have never been good at teaching myself to do things from books, but this book (Never Too Old to Knit: Beautiful Basics for Baby Boomers) has very clear, easy to follow instructions and pictures. It includes easy beginner projects from simple scarves and hats to sweaters, cardigans and socks. Of course I am far from being a baby boomer, but I certainly won't overlook a good book just because it was directed at a different audience. A couple of important points - this book is not for people who already know how to knit. Also it seems to be written by someone who is younger than baby boomer age and while doing research for this post, I read some reviews from people who thought the book was written in a way that was condescending to those of a certain age. I did not sense any of this, but it would be hard to insult me considering I knew next to nothing about the subject when I started. Another thing to consider is the book is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn so all of the projects use their yarn. I have no problem with this since I actually like their yarn. You could certainly use whatever yarn you prefer as long as it is of the same weight/type called for. I think it is a good book! I checked it out of the library so many times I eventually bought my own at my local Hancock Fabrics. Anyone who is interested in the Knifty Knitter Looms, I still use them and like them and they are easily found at your local Michael's or Wal-mart for the same price as Amazon and you don't have to pay shipping! I will be sure to show you all the finished project when I get it done.