My Grandma taught me to knit when I was in middle school. She gave me 2 simple patterns to practice with; a scarf and a dishcloth. I love making these for my family. They make great washcloths too!
I use size 6 knitting needles.
Here is the pattern:
Row 1: Cast on 4 stitches
Row 2: knit across
Row 3: k2, yo, knit across
Row 4-50: repeat row 3 until you have 45-50 stitches (depending on how big you want your cloth)
Row 51: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit across
Row 52-end: repeat row 5 until there are 4 stitches left on needle
Final row: cast off
Weave in the ends!