Knit Definition

knits, knitted, knitting
knits, knitted, knitting
To make (cloth or a garment) by interconnecting loops of yarn or thread in rows of stitches by means of a pair of special needles or a machine.
Webster's New World
To form into cloth in this way rather than by weaving.
Webster's New World
To produce a basic stitch or stitches.
Webster's New World
To make cloth or a garment by knitting yarn or thread.
Webster's New World
To form (one or more stitches of the basic type)
“K2, P2” means “knit two stitches, purl 2 stitches”
Webster's New World
Cloth or a garment made by knitting.
Webster's New World
The way in which a fabric has been knit.
A loose knit.
American Heritage

Origin of Knit

  • From Middle English knitten, from Old English cnyttan (“to fasten, tie, bind, knit; add, append”), from Proto-Germanic *knutjaną, *knuttijaną (“to make knots, knit”). Cognate with Old Norse knýta (Danish knytte) and Northern German knütten. More at knot.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English knitten to tie in a knot from Old English cnyttan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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