Since no one's responded yet, I thought I would mention that charting is supposed to be a good way to figure out stuff like that. (Or so I've read.) I have absolutely no experience with it, so I can't help beyond that, but it may be something you could research.
There is no right way to knit; there is no wrong way to knit. So if anybody kindly tells you that what you are doing is "wrong," don't take umbrage; they mean well. Smile submissively, and listen, keeping your disagreement on an entirely mental level. They may be right, in this particular case, and even if not, they may drop off pieces of information which will come in very handy if you file them away carefully in your brain for future reference.