I finished my Monkey socks! And -- I finally got the kitchner stitch right. I was doing all the steps properly, I just wasn't carrying the working yarn to the front and under the needles. But, by George, I think I've got it!
Modifications to the pattern:
• 5 pattern repeats in the leg rather than 6
• Eye of partridge heel
Here's a good YouTube video of the kitchner stitch:
I also like this one.