Originally Posted by salmonmac
Try just a practice square instead of a project. When it looks ok, add in a cable or other stitch patterns.
You will get this to work, I'm sure.
Salmonmac has the right of it, start small. And practice squares, if small enough, make excellent coasters. Think of each square/coaster as the project. About 20 sts cast on is a good size in worsted.
I still have the first stockinette square I knit (to be honest I was so happy to have finished it I cried from sheer joy), squares from getting the hang of different ribs, from learning to work a cable, and my favorite, my first practice mitten! They are my personal coasters and every time I use one, the best reminder of how far I've come and that I REALLY did learn to knit.
Please don't get discouraged, you'll get there. There are no knitting police and the only competition is with yourself.