Firstly, thanks for your help, I can surly use it.
I am using the backwards loop cast on as I've heard its great for beginners and I've found it the easiest to do. I guess what the real problem is, is that the yarn slips around a lot and that I am not keeping the stitches loose enough to work with.
I just now tried it again for the umpteenth time and I think I've got it.
I just needed to keep the stitches from getting all twisted and keep them on the bottom of the needle while I am working.
According to the label that was on the skein, it says that its "medium 4" on the skein picture and 16 stitches per row and 20 rows in the 4 by 4 inch square picture.