Thank you so much for your reply!
I started all over again and realised I had the yarn placement incorrect when purling- going over instead of under and because of that, I was making these very strange, double wonky stitches that I did not know what to do with.
I have just done a couple of rows, being very aware of where my yarn is, by golly, I seem to have the hang of this- I feel elated!!
Thank you- I thought I was just a rubbish knitter! :XX:
P.S. trucker945- there actually is a pattern forming- not lumpy, bumpy, holey knitting!