Newbie needs advise

I am very new to knitting and am having trouble finishing my shrug with k1, p1 ribbing. I keep dropping the stitches and ending up wrong on the pattern. I know it should be so simple why can’t I do it?

If you are dropping the stitches as you are knitting them, you may be knitting too close to the tips of the needles. Pushing the stitches down the needle a little would help with that.

If that’s not your problem, we may need a little more information.

I honestly don’t know what is going wrong. It is the first time I have tried ribbing so if you know any secrets to making it easier, please let me know.
Thanks,

Amy has a ribbing video on this page:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php