I knitted this Reader's Wrap for my mom's Christmas present ... and she is thrilled with it!
She needed "a little something" warm to keep the chill off her neck and shoulders while she sits to read or watch TV, but that leaves her hands free. The patch pockets are perfect to keep her reading glasses handy, or to hide the TV remote from my Dad!
I chose Lion Brand [http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/homespun.htm Homespun] acrylic yarn because I wanted the wrap to be easy-care and usable year-round, in the Corinthian colorway -- my mom's favorite colors, rich & deep. (The project requires only 3 skeins, so it was inexpensive, too!)
I purchased the "Lisa Knits" wrap pattern from The Elegant Knitter at Goosepond.
I adjusted the pattern slightly to accommodate the bulky Homespun gauge -- the pattern was originally written for worsted weight yarn --and my mom's short build: I increased to US #10 needles, and cast on only 60 sts for the wrap, and 26 sts each pocket. The finished wrap measures 57 inches long by 19 inches wide.
The pattern was clearly written and easy to follow, and the Homespun yarn handled beautifully, coming out of the machine-wash-and-dry cycles as soft and pretty as I'd hoped. I'm really pleased with the finished project!