I am a new knitter diving into all this. I am a crocheter and I have had for a long time a book with both knit & crochet stuff, but I’d been ignoring the knit side of it until now. I started a stitch pattern found in that book that included twists and got all confused too. After much fumbling and ripping out work and internet searching, I finally figured out a couple things.
#1 - the instructions in the book I was using were wrong in a critical spot (oops – no wonder I could never get it right!)
#2 - it seems like “twist” just means move some knit stitches over some, and move the purl stitches behind the knit stitches, no matter which way it is twisting or how many stitches are involved. So if I can just picture in my mind where the knit stitches are supposed to end up at the end of the row, the rest of it falls into place with much less drama.
To more experienced knitters out there: Does that (#2) sound right?