Thank you so much for the responses. I finally made some progress this morning. I am using medal needles and will look into buying some wooden/bamboo ones this week.
Salmonmac, if the loops/yarn comes off the needle, is that considered a dropped stitch?
Suzeeq, I unravel it but then I just have one big loop and don't know what to do with it! I tried twisting it to make little loops but that isn't right.
Thanks!! I'm determined to learn this!