So I did end up starting the Stockinette Stitch Shrug for my mom for Mother's Day. My mom likes very clean design in sweaters and is not a ruffle kinda gal. So this Stockinette Stitch Shrug is perfect for her. It's also very casual and I knit it in one of her two favorite colors: grey! And knowing my mom, giving her a sweater knit in an alpaca or wool would drive her crazy because she wouldn't want to hand wash and block out to dry. So I chose Red Heart Soft Solids Yarn in Lt Heather Grey color. I will need 4 skeins to complete the project. I'm almost at the end of the 2nd skein. As the pattern dictates, it's 2 inches rib plus 34 inches ss plus another 2 inches of rib. I've got 15 inches down and another 23 inches to go.
This shrug is such a simple and relaxing knit. It's terrific for the beginner knitter or the advanced knitter who'd just like something mindless to knit in the evenings to relax. Although it can be mundane at times, I have found it to be really relaxing and a terrific knitting group project. (Unlike lace) I've gotta get this shrug knit and seamed this week and get a jump on the Rose Leaf Trellis Shawl (I still need to CO) for the KAL I'm involved in. I can't seem to let this shrug go long enough to work on my lace projects though. I know I have a deadline (Mother's Day) and it's so easy to work on while watching TV or multitasking.. that I have been stuck to it like glue during any free time I may have.
ONE NOTE: If you do decide to knit this shrug and you knit it out of acrylic like I am - at the beginning & end of each row add more rib or a simple garter border. Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking when I started knitting it and realized after a couple of inches of stockinette stitch that it curls quite a bit. And acrylic is near impossible to block. So knitting it as the pattern calls for, in a natural fiber, is a good idea if you wish to block. OR if you prefer acrylic, just be sure to knit a border on the sides.