My grandma taught me 4 things in knitting, the rest was self taught. One thing she said and it was the best advise ever is to learn to know what the stitches look like. Do a stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) like 10 rows. Now look at both sides. One side looks like V's that is the knit stitches.
Next time there is a pattern that says "do as the pattern shows" and you turn it around you will see lets say in double ribs, the difference in the knit area and the purl area. Study it and learn. The only time a knit doesn't look like a V is when its worked in garter. Then it looks kinda like purling
Hopefully i totally did not confuse you. What you could try is knitting several different swatches out and have a little note pinned to each one stating what they are so you can use them as refrence. Or keep a book with all the different views.. Until you learn then of course you won't need them anymore.. lolol how is that for confusing yeah