I just finished my very first project!
It's a seven inch basketweave square that I'll sew fabric onto to make a potholder. I did it all in one afternoon/evening once I figured out how to fix mistakes. Anyway, the whole time I was working I was thinking about counting rows. In the video of double (long-tail) cast on, she says that this way you have a knit row already. Well, my pattern had a knit row for row one. Does this mean that by casting on with this method I've already done the first row? Same goes for binding off -- the last row in the pattern was all knit, then it says to cast off. I used the basic knit binding from this website. I also knit both the first and last rows, but am wondering if I could have saved myself some time.
(I thought I was really zooming along until I got to the cast off -- then I felt all thumbs again -- definitely not my favorite part of knitting...)