Beginner Face Scrubby Free Knitting Pattern

Beginner Face Scrubby

Free Beginner Face Scrubby knitting pattern by Liz @PurlsAndPixels.

To learn the knit stitch, start with this simple Beginner Face Scrubby pattern. Practice your long-tail cast on, then use just knit stitches to make the entire scrubby. Take your work off your needles with a standard bind off, and you have made a practical and useful item. Because these 3-inch squares are small, they are a satisfying way to learn to knit; you will get a finished object much more quickly than larger projects.

Aside from being a wonderful way to practice the knit stitch, these scrubbies are especially functional. Face scrubbies are perfect for use as reusable makeup removing pads.

About This Free Beginner Face Scrubby Knitting Pattern

This face scrubby is one of the easiest patterns you can make, so it is suitable for beginners. You will need to know how to make a long-tail cast on, knit, and bind off. Use this pattern if you are following along with my Learn to Knit Guide.

Free Beginner Face Scrubby knitting pattern by Liz @PurlsAndPixels.


Knitting Needles:
Long Circular Needles
36-inch (91 cm) long US No. 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Or Straight Needles
9-inch (23 cm) long US No. 7 (4.5 mm) straight needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)

One 95-yard (2 ounce) skein of cotton worsted weight yarn* (shown in), in your choice of color
– one face scrubby uses about 19 yards (.4 oz)

*Shown in Lily Sugar ‘n Cream 100% Cotton Yarn in “Robins Egg” and “White” (#AffiliateLinks). Weights estimated with Lily Sugar n’ Cream yarn; other yarn weights may vary. Weight does not include gauge swatch. A 4×4 inch gauge swatch with a 2 row by 3 stitch border uses an additional 19 yards (0.4 oz.).


A measuring tape and a darning needle.


19 stitches x 26 rows = 4 x 4 inches in stockinette stitch on No. 7 (4.5 mm) needles. (Learn how to check your gauge here.)


k = knit

Instructions: Beginner Face Scrubby in Garter Stitch

(measures 3 inches x 3 inches after washing in cold water; 3.5 inches x 3.25 inches before washing)

Use the long-tail cast on method. Knit flat, turning after each row.

Row 1: Cast on 14 stitches. Turn.

Rows 2 – 27: k 14. (14 stitches) Turn.

Row 28: Bind off loosely in knit stitch pattern. Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail, and pull through. Weave in ends.

In cold water, hand wash or machine wash on delicate. Block while still wet, ensuring cloths are roughly 3 inches square, then allow to air dry.

Printable version of this free knitting pattern

Printable Beginner Face Scrubby pattern PDF by Liz @PurlsAndPixels

Make Full Size Washcloths

If you like these tiny face scrubbies, you may also like my Simple Washcloth Collection. It includes this pattern, a full-size garter stitch washcloth, a stockinette stitch washcloth & scrubby, and a seed stitch washcloth & scrubby.

Simple Washcloth Knitting Pattern Collection from Liz @PurlsAndPixels

Free Beginner Face Scrubby knitting pattern by Liz @PurlsAndPixels.

©2021, Liz Chandler of PurlsAndPixels.

This pattern is for personal use, gifting, and charitable donation of completed items. You may also sell handmade items created using this pattern. Do not copy this pattern and distribute it. If you’d like to share the pattern, refer your friends to my website, purlsandpixels.com so they may obtain a copy.

If you find any errors or have any questions, email purlsandpixels@gmail.com and I will do my best to help.

I’d love to see your finished work! Tag your photos with @PurlsAndPixels on Twitter or Instagram.

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