It is very comprehensive, with tutorial material on how to knit, lots of stitch patterns, and instructions for knitting just about every kind of garment you could imagine knitting. Except that there are hardly any patterns for coats or indeed anything that would need thick yarn. Although the section on yarn does list double knitting wool as "a very thick thread for skirts and outerwear", the author does not mention it again - the patterns are for fingering weight or finer yarn. (The one exception is a jacket in "astrakhan" yarn.) It's odd - these days, for many knitters, double knitting is the thinnest yarn they use for knitting jumpers and cardigans, and yet houses are much better heated now than in the 30s. But then, to judge from this book, they wore lots of hand-knitted woolly underwear.
|A Yoke Effect Jumper|
Here's a recycling tip from the book. "Don't throw away a broken needle. If one piece left is of workable length, sharpen the broken end with a fine file, polishing it afterwards with fine sand-paper. [It] will be very useful as a cable-stitch needle." That puts our efforts in recycling newspapers and glass into the shade, don't you think?