Besides, the drape of the pieces in that stitch is always too floppy. So, I loathe knitting reverse stocking stitch as the right side ... and I finished the back of the cabled vest with this feeling.
As if in answer to my complaint, I stumbled upon Annie Modesitt's blog and read about her combined knitting page. The purling method is very different from mine. However, at that moment, I did not have a particular motivation to test that out ... because I knit fast enough for myself and I suffer no writst strain. It was until I read this post of Kathy's that I started to think otherwise:
I think this is some serious testimonial given to an instructor. So, I decided to try out Annie's purling method. I am now almost half way through the front of the vest and I can tell you that I am VERY satisfied with the result ... no, I can also show you:
The stitches are so obviously more even now! Besides, look at these:
The upper one is the back and the lower one the front. Feeling the 2 pieces in person, the drape of the front piece is definitely tighter and better. But the ironic thing is I knit slower and have some pain on my right upper arm (I hold the yarn using right hand). I hope the pain is only the result of my using a method I am not familiar with. I don't really mind being slower ... if I want something fast, I might as well go to the shops and buy something.
P.S. I forgot to mention this earlier. Kathy has a very comprehensive convertion table for combined knitting and video clips showing the various styles and methods of knitting. Go and check them out.