Okay I just re-watched Amy's Video
on the cast on I'm using. In the video if you look closely under her right thumb as she finishes the first cast on, there are two uprights. So THAT much is apparently correct. The other question remains, do I treat the two uprights as one stitch or two?
(I apologize if "upright" isn't the proper name for that portion of a stitch, it's what it'd be called in crochet.)
trvvn5, thank you for your help and I'm sorry for the confusion and not having linked the video in my earlier post to make the question clearer.