I took the plunge and finally seamed my shrug. Poorly.
I am terrible at seaming. I have tried to improve, believe me. As evidenced in the above photo, you can see why I avoid garments that require seaming. The pattern said to seam 3.75 inches on each side, but I only seamed 3.5 inches per side. That left a 23 inch opening which fit when I tried on the shrug.
After seaming the ‘sleeves,’ I picked up stitches around the neck for the ribbing. The pattern says I should have picked up 216 stitches for the XL size. Ha! I picked up 178, and there wasn’t any more available space to pick up more. I hope it fits when I’m finished! Since 178 isn’t divisible by 4, I had to go with 1×1 ribbing instead of 2×2. I was a little disappointed, but I’m over it now.
My intention is to knit more ribbing than called for in the pattern, yarn permitting. I need lots of coverage!