You're right, Jack, I did think about that, especially for 1x1 rib. a 2x2 or 3x3 or even a 3x1 wouldn't draw in as much. But I was trying to keep it simple. Maybe wouldn't have turned out like she wants.
Rhonda, there are a lot of stitch patterns at www.knittingfool.com
that might give you an idea. You can start with garter stitch on the ends, then go into the seed stitch, they would go together bettern than rib and seed.