Oh boy...I just had to insert a lifeline into a destination row about an inch back due to a glaring mistake that I could not leave in.
While I had the needles out I took the time to measure the blanket's width. Holy crap! It's about 7ft wide not stretched.
Soooo I think if we do this again you could lop off a good 100 CO stitches and it will be plenty wide.
The needles are back in and all is well.. moving forward..