Sure, as noted by others, this is Alice Starmore's earliest effort into knitting books, but the techniques are easy to follow, clearly written and are traditional designs. Each and every pattern can be easily updated to more modern tastes, and adjustments for size are also pretty simple. Substituting yarns, where necessary, is also a simple task with these patterns. Some of the projects are a tad dated for modern taste, yet every knitting book contains a few designs that aren't suitable to every taste. Still, even those patterns have something to offer the knitter embarking on designing from scratch, or can be adjusted. Also, almost all yarns used are either still on the market, or easily substituted with something else, unlike collections where yarn information is sparse and finding a substitute for a yarn no longer made is impossible. Ms. Starmore always uses yarns that are traditional in weight, yardage, and colour, with results being absolutely stunning as a result.
The best designs are the Fair Isle and Arans. The Ganseys are made with gansey yarn, and these are designs most closely related to the area where these wonderful jumpers and pullovers originated. Most designs in the book are truly timeless. Where patterns appear dated, a simple jigger here and there will make everything fit to modern standards, with just a bit of extra yarn here and there added in. Leftover yarn will, as always, be lovely in a hat or pair of gloves, complete with flowers, stars and peerie patterns thrown in as needed. I'll be knitting the colour work patterns in the round, using multiple colours for the ribbing, and avail myself of steeks where possible to make the projects easier. In all, this is a fabulous book, and with incorporation of the many lessons of Ms. Starmore's later works, will yield garments that will be passed down to future generations, as were my own Aunt Edna's. I dearly miss my own knitting relatives, but have the knowledge she gave me as a young girl. The more I know, the better are my knitted projects and these sorts of books are a goldmine of information. Of course, all with the aid of patterns and insight from others, knitters can create truly wonderful garments for their own loved ones. Knitters would be well advised to purchase this book.