I'm so glad it's knitting not brain surgery and that there are no knitting police. I love unexpected design elements too. Working both sweater front pieces (or whatever) and making them match means that miscount back there will never be noticed because they match! and of course, it's supposed to be like that. Work arounds. Never knit without them.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper