I finished this shrug at 3p ON Mother's Day - not a moment too soon. Then I took a quick pic and popped it in a gift bag and took it to my mom! LOL! I made a few changes to this pattern (NOTHING earth shattering). First, I knit it in acrylic yarn so that it was an easy care garment for my mom. (And she's allergic to wool) Then, upon finishing the knitting portion of the shrug, I did a sc border around the entire garment. This made seaming a snap. I also used sc to seam the sleeves, giving it a more sturdy seam. My mom wanted a work horse garment. A sweater she'd wear daily as she reads on the couch or cuddles up with her iPod. So I purposely went for sturdy construction. Thus the crocheted border and seams as well as the acrylic yarn. Now, if you want a finer, invisible seam, it's better achieved with a tapestry needle and some yarn.
This picture makes the collar look wonky, but I went to great pains to be sure that it is completely straight and the seams align perfectly. And thanks to my engineer hubby watching me construct the garment, I was extra concerned with perfect lines. So the pic is misleading. I wish I had taken more pictures. And of course, my mom did not want to be photographed for my blog.
This was a simple and relaxing knit. It's a versatile garment. The stockinette stitch is not challenging and to a more advanced knitter may seem boring at times. But it was a nice knit when I went to knitting group - I didn't have to think. And when I go to knitting group, I tend to talk more than knit dontcha know. ;p