A lot of times beginning knitter and crochet books will tell the new crafter to make a scarf.
Your first project will probably look like crap, so why torture yourself with a huge time-suck like a scarf that you won’t wear anyway? But a washcloth can be both crappy AND useful all at the same time.
The reasons why I think washcloths are great starting projects:
- It’s small, and can be worked up in a few hours even if you are a slow Knooker.
- You’ll get to practice casting on, knitting and/or purling and casting off.
- It’s small enough you won’t have time to get bored.
- It’s portable, you can hide it in your purse and Knook at work.
- Washcloths are useful all year long, scarves are not.
- If you need to rip back or frog the whole thing, it’s only a few rows.
- If it looks ugly you can always use it to scrub your kitchen counters or bathroom.
- If it’s really ugly you can always toss it in the trash and never speak of it again.
“Washcloth? What washcloth?”
I’m happy to present to you, my first Knooking Patterns:
Knooking 101 & 102: Washcloths are a Knookers Best Friend
Download one or both, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling! Knitting 101 is a Garter Stitch Washcloth, and Knitting 102 is a Stockinette Washcloth with a Garter Stitch border.
There is nothing particularly special about these patterns except that I wrote the directions with the new Knooker in mind, with some tips for dealing with the holding cord and links to the tutorials in case they are needed. Simply click on the patterns below to download.
I’d love to see how your projects turn out. Please link us up in the comment section and our Ravelry group! For more fun washcloth patterns, I highly recommend the ones at Knitting Knonsense. They have ABCs and 123s, not to mention animals, seasons, holidays and more. Quick and fun!