RS vs WS - Learn to read your stitches. Knit stitches look like a little scarf wrapped around the back of your neck. Purl Stitches look like someone wearing a clerical collar. Most likely, but not always, knit stitches are in front.
Take a paper clip and hook it through a stitch on the front side. When you see the paper clip, you are working on the front side.
There is only one stitch in knitting - the knit stitch. A purl stitch is simply a knit stitch done backward. Every thing else is simply a variation of the knit stitch. See knitting is simple and it only took me three years to understand that.
Sock get a bad rap. They are simple, knit stitch, purl stitch, make one or decrease one and you can knit a sock.
Frogging (ripping out) is your friend. It it is worth doing well it is worth learning from your mistakes. some of my project have been very learning intensive. Frog, frog, frog!
Knitting Help is full of people who have make the same mistakes, excuse me, had the same learning experience and are here to help.