Anyways, this post is not about styles of knitting but about rowing out. In my euphoria of having learned how to knit faster, I caught the dreaded rowing out disease! Suddenly, my calm-me-during-turbulence knitting turned into ARG()#()@#*! -knitting. I tried combined knitting but I just couldn't get used to having to watch how my loops were situated on the needle before I knit the proceeding row. I tried going down one needle size on the purl rows, I tried Cat Bordhi's method on how to tighten up your purl rows. I tried everything. Nothing out there was a practical solution for me.
So, I swatched and played around and realized that rowing out happens because there is just too much yarn going around that darn needle when you purl. I studied the way the knit stitch is formed and I came up with something (this might actually not be a unique solution as maybe someone already thought of this) that helped me and just might help you.
This is a picture of how I used to purl. Stick the right needle into the first loop on the left needle, wrap the yarn and then just pull the loop off the left needle.
This is how I purl to fix my rowing out issues. The first two steps are the same as before, stick the right needle into the first loop on the left needle and wrap the yarn. But instead of just pulling the loop off the left needle as before, deliberately make the right needle go under the left needle, forming perpendicular lines with the two needles and then pull the loop off the left needle.
You might be thinking, "Huh? What's the difference?" I thought that too in the beginning because I could have sworn that's I was doing the second method all along, but the truth is I wasn't. That little extra step tightens up the yarn on the needle immensely and does wonders for your flat stockinette stitch.