This is my go to reference book for crochet. Even though I've been crocheting for several years, I didn't really start reading patterns (patterns more complicated than a single crochet baby blanket or granny square afghan) until the last 2 years. This book is a great resource book. It has a lot of helpful hints about things that you don't always get in other how to books - and it's great to have all of these how-to's in one location. I like how it shows pictures of common errors, so you can see what you're doing wrong and fix it. I love this one!