One commenter tells me that she likes the garter front edge on the shrug.
Perhaps that's the bit I'm missing - that people like how it looks. Do you agree?
I like garter stitch, don't get me wrong. My complaint here is that it seemed out of place when the upper and lower edges were ribbed. If the garter edge is good, then it would have looked better, IMHO, if all the edgings were in garter. Keep it harmonious?