Thanks to Ruth and all of her help I was able to knit another wash cloth, this time with an actual pattern, the basket weave. Being able to watch someone and ask questions makes all the difference in the world when learning something new. I still had a couple of small holes in this when I was finished, but I'm actually starting to see what a purl looks like vs what a knit looks like and how to count my stitches. I think I will try a scarf next........I do need to get some smaller needles though, I think that will also help.
I finished the edges on this baby blanket from The Happy Hooker Crochet book, no holes in this or missed stitches! Weaving the braid in the ends really finishes off the look of this blanket.