About 18 months ago I wrote a review of the new Tudor Roses vs the original Tudor Roses, both by Alice Starmore. In that review, I commented that I was happy to have both versions, for the color changes, and new shaping of the newest version (2013),
and the patterns for men in the original version (1998).
A question was recently posed on that blog entry by Christina, of whether I would say that only the new version was needed. This prompted me to do a comparison of patterns, and to note which ones were in each book, and any changes.
Looking through and comparing these books has piqued my interest in knitting up one of the patterns, and I must say that it will probably be from the newer book, as the shaping is more contemporary there, and more to my liking. There are a couple of sweaters that appear in both books that really appeal to me also. I enjoy seeing the ones that were reknit being done in a new colorway. My comparison of the 2 books follows, a simple chart:
So my answer to Christina who posed the question, would be that I am happy that I own both books. If your desire is to have a complete knitting library, and you love color work and more complicated patterns, then Yes to owning both books. And starting at $20 for the older version on Amazon, I do think that it is worth the investment.
As a side note, thanks in large part to Ravelry, many knitting books that are out of print have become very pricey, although that changes as books are reissued. I have a wonderful library that I have amassed over the years, and keep telling my family that if something happens to me, my knitting books are worth more than my Architecture books! And that statement says a lot, as that is also a wonderful collection.