Are you knitting in the round on dpn? If so it might just be that by moving your first/last stitch over to the next needle you avoid a ladder? In k2, p2, moving 2 sts would keep knits or purls together. With nothing to indicate otherwise, I guess I assumed this is a flat knit.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper