I think part of my problem may be understanding what dc and tc are in english instructions! For dc do you yo before you go into the loop/stitch? And for tc yo, yo then through the loop/stitch? Or have I just described tc and extc?
I think my problem is twofold. 1) I don't really understand all the terminology and abbreviations (although I get sl st, dc and tc) and 2) unless someone actually shows me I'm lost. YouTube has been invaluable while teaching myself to knit!
I shall pester a friend to show me how to do this sometime, then I'll be ok.