I'm sorry, but I'm so much of a beginner, I don't even know what a ribbed pattern is, broken or garter! Right now I feel as thick as a plank in asking again, but given the prayer shawl directions of casting on 57 or 63 stitches (in which you end your first row with knit 3), should I begin with Knit 3? (I think my main problem is that I don't know what a knit or purl stitch looks like. A related question is that if I've ended the first row with a knit 3, does that look like a purl from the back side when I begin the next row?) In my head I'm thinking I know I ended with a knit 3, so I should begin the next row with a purl 3, but maybe I'm missing something, like perhaps a knit looks like a purl from the back side, so I should begin with a knit 3?
Thanks for your patience.