I can't visualize what the sweater must look like. Can you give us the name of the design & designer, so we can see it? And can you spell out the directions exactly as the patterns has them - that might help.
The only thing I can see in my mind is to cut the yarn, then go back and start the row over (easier to do on circular needles). I've seen some shaw patterns that do that, it creates fringe.
Mirl56 at Ravelry, too.
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