Thank you for your words of support over my screwed up sweater. I'd like to answer some of your questions.
Charlotte asked, "Any chance you could snip a thread and separate into two pieces, knit the missing rows and then kitchener it all back together?"
I would probably spend as much time trying to kitchener the cables back together in a way that wouldn't drive me crazy every time I look at the sweater as it would take to rip it out and reknit it. I did kitchener on cables for the hood of Rogue and wasn't thrilled with my results.
Marti asked, "oh dear, that sweater just isn't playing fair at all is it?"
No, it isn't.
Leisel asked, "Never would have thought of duplicate stitch to fix mis-crossed cables. If you do go that route, is there any chance you can show some step by step closeups of the process?"
Uhhh, sure. I've never done it so at this point the whole "I can just duplicate stitch that problem" is purely theoretical. I'll also need to find a time when Wes can photograph me while I do it.
Emily asked, "Wait a minute. Is the two rows missing why you thought the front was two rows longer?"
Nope. The pattern specifically states knit the front until it is two rows longer than the back.
After posting about the sweater on Wednesday I did what any self-respecting knitter would do. I started two new projects. I'll post on them later once I charge up my camera battery.