I'm a newbie to this whole knitting thing too. And I LOVE it!!!!
I wanted to start knitting blankets! They are so beautiful!!! I was searching for an easy/beginner pattern when I ran across a dishcloth pattern book. And I thought to myself: Isn't a dishcloth just a scaled down blanket??? So I decided to start with dishcloths instead.
The pattern book I found is, Nifty Knit Dishcloths by Lesiure Arts. There are about 16 different patterns in it ranging from beginner to intermeadiate. I found it at my local Fred Meyers for about $6.
I've already finished 2 washcloths and I'm excited to start another pattern. I bought this book to make dishcloths for Christmas presents as well!
I've even thought of enlarging the patterns to blanket size and maybe making a baby blanket for my girlfriend's new baby???