I know what you mean, that happens to my stocking stitch too…and it drives me crazzzzy.
Well, here are two remedies that work for me!
1) Use a tapestry needle to jiggle the odd side of the V into the right conformation. Also, stretch the piece north to south, and then east to west, and the stitches become more uniformly V’s.
2) *Aggressively “block” the finished garment pieces and a lot of the “hinky” stitches get into line. They shape up.
*Aggressive blocking: pin your pieces to a blocking board, making sure to take measurements according to the pattern! Place clean [color=blue]wet!! [/color]towels on top of the pieces and leave til bone dry. I also employ the use of blocking wires for the straightaways.
Another type of blocking involves pinning and steaming. Some aggressive blockers actually [color=blue]wet the garment pieces [/color]and pin into place on the blocking board and leave til bone dry. I can’t bring myself to do that…but would do so if it appeared that I needed to wash the pieces first.
My oh my. Blocking will transform your work from homemade-looking to professional-looking! Never shortchange your knitting in the final stages! Always block before seaming, and use excellent seaming methods. Makes all the difference in the world! A “Finishing Techniques” class is the best investment I ever made!