I taught a learn-to-knit class to co-workers a couple of years ago. I gave them needles with the stitches on it, and once they got the hang of the knit stitch, I showed them the thumb method that Suzee is talking about. It was much easier for them to learn than long-tail, and the results are the same.
Long-tail is faster, but if it's confusing, then thumb is the way to go.
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