one of the things i do in those situations is do the first stitch of the row, and then stick my needle in to the second stitch. at that point as i am pulling the yarn to wrap it around the needle i give it a little extra tug. the one thing you have to be very careful of though is that you don't start doing it on every stitch. i also sometimes have to give my last stitches on the row a little bit of a tug downward to actually see them right. i found i had this problem more with cotton than with wool and such. there is no give to the cotton so it is harder to make it do what the other stuff seems to do so willingly. i started on a dish cloth when i first started knitting (cuz now that i have been knitting for 4 months i am fully an expert
) and had to put it away until i got better because i couldn't really control the cotton well enough. just keep at it...you will see it come together!