I set this book aside for several months, since at first I was disappointed. A number of the sweaters showcased are from very recent Rowan magazines, and I was hoping for sweaters from the older,out of print, magazines. Also many of them weren't appealing to me at all. But I picked up the book again and found a few that I now want to make. The book contains a good variety for a knitter who does not already own Rowan magazine issues, and as is typical with Rowan, the sweaters are not simple to create. Rowan yarns are not a must to knit these either -- I am using a Cascade 220 for the first design in the book, a cabled pullover sweater, and I am altering the design to make it more "American". The photographs are nice, although again they are repeats from the Rowan Magazines. I have looked at out of print issues of Rowan magazines, however, and there were other sweaters that I would have considered "best of" and am sorry not to see included here. At least half of the sweaters in this book I would never consider making, but I believe the book is worth owning for those few that are really beautiful and that I don't already own. The best thing Rowan can do for knitters, though, is to bring back into print all the vintage Rowan magazines so those of us who just discovered Rowan in the last few years can now have all those wonderful older designs without paying phenomenal prices for used issues of the out-of-print magazines (some sell for $700!).