Thank you, thank you, I did it!
It took me 3 hours but I got all the lace stitches back on the holders.
The first side did not go to smoothly but the second was a lot easier. This is the second sweater I cut in two weeks. I think next time I wont be so nervous to cut. If I would just do it right the first time I wouldn't have to cut it and fix it.
Ok, so this time I think I will count stitches inbetween the buttonholes. Do you think that would be a good idea since I suck at measuring.
I did the elastic trick the first time, where you put marks on a sewing elastic, then stretched it and put the pins where the marks were. Then I measured it, so don't know how they did not turn out spaced correctly. Any other advice will be greatly appreciated.