I think it looks like knitting!
I also learned by watching the videos here, and it took me many hours to make even the first knit stitch. Learning to purl went a little faster, though.
1. I think you may be making it more difficult on yourself using cotton yarn to learn. Can you get some very inexpensive 100% wool yarn? I think that's much easier to work with.
2. Try some stockinette stitch--knit one row, purl one row, etc. I find that all knitting (garter stitch) doesn't look as pretty as stockinette, anyway. You will also be delighted with yourself when the pattern starts to emerge!
I hope you keep trying! I am a big knitting advocate now. I just don't know what it is about knitting. I dabble in several different things--I write, paint (but admittedly haven't in a long time), do cross stitch, do a little gardening, play the trumpet...but knitting is the most satisfying.