that you're right, Yellowness. I think I let my impatience to knit keep me from taking the time to do that. For years, I tried crocheting at different times, but could only ever do it as long as I had a teacher (usually my mom) sitting next to me. Once off alone, when I'd hit a snag, I could never figure out what to do on my own.
Then, along came my sis-in-law who taught me to crochet torn rag strips into rag rugs using a Q hook. For the first time in my life, I finally "got" crocheting. Using a really big needle and having those huge size stitches enabled me to "see" what the stitches looked like and how they were supposed to connect. I still struggle with reading patterns, as I seem to have a mental block at figuring out what they're ever saying to do, but as to how the stitches are supposed to look, I now know!
Along those same lines, as you suggested, I need to learn what my knit stitches are supposed to look like. I think I'll work on a sample swatch using my 15 needles. That should make the stitches large enough that I can see what's going on.
Thanks for the suggestion. :D