After spending some time today paying very close attention to my knitting and analyzing my stitching I discover where most of my problems were coming from. It was all in the knit stitch.
On several stitches I was not inserting the needle correctly and was going through more than just that front loop. This is what was resulting in twisted stitches and an increased stitch count.
By paying very close attention as I made the knit stitches I was able to feel when it wasn’t right and could correct it before completing the stitch.
It took a lot of mistakes and frogging and I still have a lot to learn but I feel like I may be starting to get the hang of the basics. This forum really helps a lot and I’ve already learned loads here.