You are an angel. I am going to try your suggestions: 1,2,3, skip..
I should take one of them finishing classes. Haven't seen any in town here though. Maybe a book would be a good idea.
There are no live stitches (luckily) and I use a size 6 for the edge (cardigan is made in a size 7).
I have to run here so this reply is a bit short. I'll check in later.