I had this problem when I started the other week, too. (I am a newbie, also.) For me, I was trying to do the knit stitch entirely wrong. I went back and looked at my book (a how-to with lots of pictures) and watched the basic videos on this site. I realized that I was instering my needles wrong and moving my yarn in the wrong direction. There are two methods (Continential and English), so make sure you know which one you are trying to do before you watch anything instructional OR try the other method... maybe it will be easier for you.
The other suggestions above were also mistakes that I was making, so just keep trying! You'll get it.