I am going to try that way on my next one too. My first bear was basically inside out, but it still looked good.
Thanks girls I will take all your suggestions and try them. I was also thinking of flip flopping the contrast yarn (for muzzle and paws) and reverse pattern to knit the purls and purl the knits, that way you can use the wrong side of MC, and contrast yarn would still be right side. Think that would work or have I completely confused you?