Thick and soft, I love using hand knitted cloths for both bathing and in the kitchen. Better for the environment, sturdy, quick to make and I find, with a cold water rinsing, they don't sour like a sponge might. Knitted cloths are an especially rewarding project for a beginner because they work up quickly and make a thoughtful gift.
Do you have Doctor Who fans on your gift giving list? I was super excited to find these patterns. Abbey and Jared are avid fans so when she asked if I would make her a few more knitted washcloths I began searching for something special. They came out perfect. I thought they would be complicated so I was extra careful as I followed each row. The pink one is called Tardis and the blue one is called Bowties are Cool
Here is the link to more of these fun and free patterns by Lindsay at Holynarfcarfts
There are many free patterns available on the internet. I enjoy following a pattern as well as just knitting free-style, creating a pattern as I go. The yellow/blue/green variegated washcloth (above) is sort of a sampler, consists of a few rows of garter stitch, stockinette stitch, seed stitch and rib stitch. The lime green washcloth is just repeating several rows of stockinette and garter stitch.
If you rather not wing it, here are links to some very pretty cloths.
Photos 1 and 2 A collection of four lovely wash cloths designed by My Life in Knots especially for a beginner knitter.