Learning to Knit: Part #1 - The Washcloth

I have always wanted to learn how to knit. Growing up I was a crafter, I admit I tried my hand at a lot of different crafting projects. Some projects I finished and did well with, others well lets not really talk about them today. 

Over the last few months I have been watching all the neat things my friend JoAnne has been coming up with - socks, mitts, hats, shawls, scarves. I have been wanting to learn for so long how to knit but really didn't have anyone to help me. I tried a few times and each time I got frustrated with how long it took and how hard it was. Guess what? Basic knitting isn't hard I was just doing it wrong. 

Now that I have been shown how to do a basic knit I have finished my very first knitting project! It feels wonderful and I am very excited to learn more stitches to make other things. 

I want to share this with my you as I know a few of you are knitters - if you are leave a comment below and let me know if you are on or have a knitting blog.
JoAnne had said the best thing for me to start with was a dishcloth and the very basic Grandma style cloths we all grew up around. Here is the pattern I used and my progress. I finished this in two days. I would say it likely 4+ hours maybe a little more. I didn't check the times. I am sure I will get faster as I make more. 

Yarn: 100% cotton 

Needles: 8 or .5mm


Cast on 4 

Row 1: Knit 4

Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit rest of row.

Repeat Row 2 until you have 45 or 50 stitches on the needle (depends on how big you want the wash/dishcloth, I did 45). 

Now you are going to start the decreasing rows as follows: 
Knit 1 Knit 2 together Yarn over Knit 2 together again and then knit to end of the row. 

Repeat until you have 4 stitches left. 

Knit 2 together 

Knit last 2 together 

Tie a knot you are finished! 
A BIG Thank You to JoAnne for getting me going on this project and pointing me in the right direction. I look forward to making tons of great crafty knits! 

My next project? Another washcloth as I have 2 kids and my son wants one too! I am sure I will likely make a bunch as I love them for dishes. I also want to make a cute handband - just a basic thin one. I hope you will follow my adventures in learning to knit.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


  1. Replies
    1. Anonymous8:26 AM

      Thanks! The kids are picking out colours today when we go out to get groceries :) More to come

  2. Great job! I make dishcloths like these as gifts... and I always end up getting requests for more. I also modified the design a bit to make washable covers for my Swiffer. They are really great for washing up all over the home... even bodies.

    1. Anonymous8:44 AM

      That is a great Tonya (swiffer covers!) more green and better for your pocket! I am thinking a lot of people will get washcloths in their Christmas as I will be practicing and playing with patterns. :)

  3. I always tell people to start with dishclothes, if you mess up who cares it's just for dishes! LOL Great job!

  4. knitting is so addictive and fun congrats :) on your dishcloth it looks beautiful

    1. Anonymous5:36 PM

      Thanks, I am addicted already. About to start my next dishcloth in sage

  5. My grandma makes these and I use them as dish clothes, they are the best. I love my black/white variegated ones!!

  6. I loved watching your progress on this! It was so exciting! Glad we're friends on Ravelry now too! :)

  7. God love you for trying to teach me how to knit. That is my sister's domain. Do you have cooking lessons somewhere? Just kidding! Great post!

  8. I've always wanted to learn to knit. The couple of times I've tried I just couldn't seem to get it down though. Something about the lack of coordination. These are my favorite dish cloths.

  9. My mom used to make these all the time but I never had the instructions, thanks I'm going to give these a try. Love the colours you have chosen!


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