I'll try that, thanks. Since it will be on the underside of the sweater and won't be seen much I'm tempted to just stitch it together any old way just to get it done and who cares if it's right or looks good, lol. This seaming thing is really discouraging me from ever making anything requiring seaming again!
The pattern specifically said to do the increases at the end of each row, as in the last stitch. So for future reference I shouldn't do it at the ends? How do I know when it's safe to deviate from what the pattern says?