I have started a sweater in fingering weight yarn, a cotton/wool blend. The pattern is K5, P3 all the way up the body. I think I would like this plan OK, except that the stitches on either side of the band of K5 look, well, sloppy. I am on gauge so I don't want to change needle sizes. I tried knitting in the back. I am working on size 3's so that gets sort of tedious and makes the edge stitches look sort of "angry". I know it must be changing from knit to purl and back that's causing the problem, I just don't know how to fix it. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!