Thanks! Now I have a totally different problem.... It seems the right front panel of the sweater (its a cardigan type deal for a 2 year old) is about an inch to an inch and a half longer than the back panel. Behold:
and a closeup:
Please tell me something can be done about this other than 'reknit that section' or 'have a beer cuz you just wasted six months of your life and 86 bucks.'
When I first saw what I did I was like 'dammit' and took it to the knit store and asked them about it. 'Oh no problem' they said. 'You can fix that when you block it after you seam it up' (as they pulled and stretched the two panels to match up). It IS the same number of stitches, I'll note, just different gauge I guess? I never paid attention to that part because I could never get it right (it was supposed to be four stitches to an inch. Four rows? Four whatever. So an inch square would be 16 stitches in four rows of four). I have no idea how off I was. I just knitted til the sides seemed to be the same length as the back/each other (I'm new at this, and the pattern wasn't helpful much, even though its supposed to be a beginner pattern). This is my first sweater, before this all I'd made were two hats and two pairs of baby booties (one pair turned out perfectly, had eyelets and everything, just one was like half a size bigger than the other).