I so wish I had read this thread all the way through days ago. I'm new to knitting and have been driving myself totally nuts trying to figure out why my stitches didn't look like the examples in the book. I went to my local yarn shop to learn how to start, but they have been extremely busy with people trying to get Christmas projects finished, so I didn't want to bother them. After reading here I "get" it, thank goodness and thanks to all of you who are so patient answering questions. And, thank you to everyone who asked the questions, most of them were questions I had. I'm so happy, this is like opening a Christmas present!!