Well I decided to take a class to learn how to knit lace so I signed up at my local yarn shop. While the first week went fine, we were doing until my instructor noticed that I twist my purl stitches, It explained why some of the stitches in my shawl weren't looking right. We figured that if while doing SSk I slipped the stiches purlwise instead of knitwise it would correct things and it did. I got curious when I got home so went to knittinghelp.com and discovered that it is called the combined purl method - I was actually going online to see how I could change the way I purled (I knit continental). Now I understand why I am able to knit so quickly in both the knit and purl lines because of the way the stitches line up. Given that the finished pieces I do look great, I don' think I am going to change. Does anyone else knit in the way?