it is ALL the thing about knitting to read your knitting.
once you know that, all becomes easier.
ribbing is only the beginning... in patterns and lace it really becomes practical to identify a knit, a purl, a yarn over, a k2tog a ssk and so on. Learning as a little child this "reading my knitting" came to me naturally. But I do think that adult new knitters have a much harder time at it sometimes. They THINK too much!
btw: great advantage: if you can read knitting, you can often "steal ideas" by just looking at knitware. on the bus, in the shop, on the net. it is all there right infront of your eyes. just learn to read it!
Continental Knitter with passion, pretty busy and always onto something new.
I have been away from the forum for a bit, but I am still around!