After recently getting back into knitting, I too found myself confused with all the abbreviations. This book was so easy to read and understand. This being So, it's easier to retrace your steps and find out where you left off. I never thought to check the yarn for the weight and the size information and now I know to do that. It's a great book to have for beginners and to have at hand to try something new or go back to. I like how it's also laid out flat with all you need to know like the fine print is in your face, there isn't anything that can go wrong if you follow each step.
Smooth understandings and graphics from the author make it one of the top books in the genre. I would highly recommend to all.