I am pretty new to crochet and would highly agree with the comment above. This book is easy to use. The items in the book are not too complex, and for a beginner, there is just enough challenge. I have completed the cowl, dishcloth (made in round and square), coaster, a few scarfs and working on a larger version of the afghan. All of the items came out nice.
I purchased this particular book at AC Moore. They have many (!) Leisure Arts books. After purchasing the ones I wanted there...I came here and looked around and purchased a few more.
I am a huge fan of the Leisure Arts Books, the quality is very good, and I will continue to purchase.