There's one problem that drives both new and seasoned knitters crazy: a messy edge stitch. Edge stitches, aka selvedge, are a way to finish off a piece neatly. You never want loose, sloppy stitches, and that's specially true for those first and last ones in your rows.
I tried unsuccessfully to use magic loop for years. I was discouraged by so many problems, from gaps between rounds to stitches slipping off the needles. I just didn't understand why knitters were so obsessed with this technique.
Have you ever looked back at a knitting project from your first few years of knitting and felt embarrassed? We knitters are notorious for being hard on ourselves, going so far as to judge mistakes we made even as beginners.
Everyone knows the best projects are the ones you make yourself. Get inspired by your fellow crafters and find your next creation!