If you are a beginning knitter but are intimidated by the idea of trying new patterns and techniques, stop and relax, this is the perfect pattern to get you started. It’s really straight forward, doesn’t need a lot of yarn or different notions and you’ll probably finish it in less than a week. Finishing something gives such a sense of accomplishment and it’s good to have that at the start of your knitting journey.
Skill Level: Beginner
Size: About 8” square.
Gauge: 16 sts and 32 rows = 4” [10 cm] in garter st.
Gauge is how many stitches and rows per inch you’re getting. You need to match the pattern’s gauge in order for the finished object to come out the same size as the sample. You do a little sample with your yarn and needles, then measure how many stitches and rows you’re getting over 4”. If you’re getting too many stitches per 4”, you need to try again with bigger needles. If you’re getting too few stitches, try again with smaller needles. Don’t be overly concerned about gauge with this project. With any sort of clothing or accessory, it usually matters a great deal, but we are learning and are making a square. If you’re pretty close that’s okay, focus on finishing your dishcloth! If you’re getting between 15-17 sts over 4”, you’ll be fine. The final size will just be slightly different.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Nifty Cotton (100% Cotton; 185 yards [169.5 meters]/100 grams): 09 Buff (1 ball)
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) straight
Notions: Tapestry needle to weave in ends
If this is the first time, you’re looking at a knitting pattern, the next 6 lines of instructions might look foreign and intimidating, but it’s really very simple and you can do this! The instructions include abbreviations (a master list is linked above). Look at each row and reference the master list. If it helps to write out the instructions in full as you learn, that’s okay! The pattern is short, which is why it’s great for learning! For example, the first row says “CO 3 sts.” If you look at the abbreviations list, you’ll see CO means “cast on” and sts means “stitches,” so the first line means “Cast on 3 stitches.” As you progress to more complicated patterns, the abbreviations make patterns fit on pages better, but the abbreviations are standard and in no time you probably will only need to look up one or two in a project!
CO 3 sts.
Inc Row: Kfb, k to end of row. (1 st inc’d)
Rep Inc Row 46 more times. (50 sts)
Dec Row: K2tog, k to end of row. (1 st dec’d)
Rep Dec Row 46 more times. (3 sts)
BO all sts.
Weave in your ends.
Celebrate the fact that you just finished knitting something!!!