Beginner Knit Wash Cloth

A great first knitting project you can make in a weekend.

Skill Level | Beginner
Finished Size | 8″ x 8″

Learn how to knit with a simple project you can easily make in a weekend (and something you can actually use when you’re done!) Our beginner knit wash cloth will show you the basics of knitting and get you started on your new knitting journey.

If you’re looking for your first knitting project, you’re in the right place. Wash cloths are incredibly easy to knit and they work up much faster than other projects. This means you’ll have the much needed “finished project gratification” much sooner than with other projects and you’ll be more likely to keep knitting!

With this project you’ll learn the basics of knitting; the long tail cast on, garter stitch and a basic knitting bind off. These three components make up many projects you’ll encounter as you keep knitting. Pair this project with your favorite cotton yarn and make a few until you’re comfortable with all three techniques.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our beginner knit wash cloth step-by-step.

getting started

Recommended Supplies

  • Approx 54 yds each; Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton
  • US 8 Knitting Needles
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

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  • CO Cast On
  • K knit
  • Rep Repeat
  • St(s) Stitch(es)
Finished Size

8″ wide x 8″ long


15 sts x 32 rows = 4″
worked in garter stitch

We don’t have a dedicated tutorial for this project yet but we have a few videos that’ll help.

How to Knit the Long Tail Cast On 

How to Knit the Garter Stitch

How to Knit a Simple Bind Off

These three videos cover the entire process of knitting this pattern and will get you through the project while we’re working on that tutorial.

Need to Print this Pattern?

You’ll find the full pattern for free here on this page. However, if you’d like a PDF version of this pattern to print or save for offline use, you can purchase it from our PDF shop.

CO 30 sts

Row 1: K all sts

Repeat : Rep last row until work measures 8″ from cast on edge.

Bind Off

Work a standard knitting bind off.

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