I have designed three dishcloth patterns that only require knit and purl stitches, and they are available here for free! They are ideal for learning how to read your knitting - that is, to recognize a purl stitch from a knit stitch.
Before you cast on your very first knit project there are a few things to consider. Should you knit something for yourself or a gift? How long time will it take to knit a scarf? What is the right yarn for a dishcloth?