suzeeq and others are so very good at explaining. I was hoping the video would help you see why you're leaving stitches unworked and how they get used again later. I'm glad you got it. We all learn things our own way and finding the right way for you is what matters. I hope we get to see the finished doll.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper