Nancy, my knitting coach and buddy, has solved my problem brilliantly.
Hooray to wiser, more experienced friends who help out. I may be able finish this little sweater in the next few days. Dontchya just love a finished product?
Perhaps I'll be able to post my (awful) picture of my WIP. There it is! The darker stripes are a deep purple and the others are a nice medium gray. The metal flashes on the sides are my stitchholders.
Now I can obsess about the buttons and buttonholes.....