I kept borrowing this book from the public library, renewing it time after time, so finally, I decided it was time to get my own. I love it!
It's full of terrific and fascinating patterns. Some are variations on classic stitches, but many are original to the author. She's organized them by type of design, and by which stitches are used, and explained all of them clearly and simply.
Every stitch pattern is illustrated in a photograph, using off-white yarn against a colored background. I've wondered why the author chose off-white rather than, say, white. However, I find I prefer viewing patterns in a neutral color like off-white over viewing patterns in bright, creative colors; if a particular color scheme doesn't appeal to me, I tend to overlook the pattern itself, which I might like if it were in colors I prefer.
The patterns are also illustrated with a drawing of the stitches, so one can see clearly where the yarn goes, and how the pattern comes together.
I also really like the visual table of contents, which lists the patterns in sequence with page numbers.
If you like to create your own projects, based on others' ideas, but following your own plan and purpose, you'll find The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs to be invaluable.