Thanks ladies! Seems the way to do it is the way I didn't like so much! LOL I will try it this way when I get to that row next time. Maybe if i tug up the yarn a bit the hole won't be so much bigger then my YO that falls betwenn 2 knit stitches.
I am doing the swirly girl socks pattern. It's a 20 row pattern and the YO only falls before a purl stitch once.