Ing, that's how I feel about picking up stitches... did it on several other items, small ones, and thought "why is this so hard? it doesn't seem so to me?" and the just last week, while starting a "garterlac" cloth I found online, I actually read the explanation of picking up stitches as I hadn't atually seen anyone go into a paragraph on how to do it. I thought, "hmmm, this person must have some tips." Only to find out I have been doing it all wrong. I thought you just simply picked up one side of each stitch onto your needle, worked for me for what I was doing it on...had no clue it meant you were to put your needle in front to back and draw yarn through...derrr...it never dawned on me to look up the procedure!
Definitely live and learn!