Meaning of knit in English:

knit

Pronunciation /nɪt/

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verbknits, knitting, knitted, knit

  • 1with object Make (a garment, blanket, etc.) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine.

    ‘she was knitting a sweater’
    • ‘Members of the cooperative spin and dye wool, knit sweaters, and also make ceramic crafts.’
    • ‘In the evenings, my mother read to us, and we knitted socks and sweaters for my dad in the army, and listened to the radio.’
    • ‘In her spare time, she knitted socks and jumpers.’
    • ‘She wore a white knitted sweater with a matching skirt.’
    • ‘In the blistering heat, and in true family tradition, I was dressed in corduroys and a heavy knitted sweater.’
    • ‘I'm also knitting a sweater for a friend's new baby.’
    • ‘She passed by the living room, where his mother was sitting in a rocking chair, knitting a sweater.’
    • ‘Aunt Christina sat beside him knitting a primrose-coloured jumper for me.’
    • ‘I'm also spending this weekend trying to finish knitting a baby sweater.’
    • ‘After breakfast, Rema sat in the living room to finish knitting a sweater for Maria.’
    • ‘I came across her in the sitting room avidly reading a magazine while knitting a scarf for the hospice shop.’
    • ‘Today she was wearing one of her muddy brown, knitted sweaters, flared bellbottoms, and those fancy Birkenstock sandals.’
    • ‘I've knitted a scarf for Jr, and now I'm making one for me.’
    • ‘My grandmother annually knits sweaters for all the grandchildren.’
    • ‘All jumpers, cardigans and socks were knitted by hand.’
    • ‘My grandmother knit it for my Dad when he went off to university.’
    • ‘Over that, she had a blue sweater that her grandmother had knitted for her.’
    • ‘Tonight I was finishing up a hat I had knitted for my niece.’
    • ‘My granny knitted that scarf for me when I went to high school and it meant a lot to me.’
    • ‘When we were kids, my Aunt Joan knitted Christmas stockings for everybody in the family.’
    1. 1.1Make (a stitch or row of stitches) by interlocking loops of wool.
      ‘cast on and knit a few rows’
      • ‘At last I could knit a few rows, enjoy the process and then set down the needles.’
      • ‘The first thing we knitted was a kettle holder by casting on 20 stitches and knitting each row plain until it became a square.’
      • ‘After I knit about five rows, I saw my stitches were off and the pattern didn't look right.’
      • ‘As if to affirm this truth, she rapidly knitted five more rows in one minute flat.’
      • ‘It's infuriating to knit 160 stitches and then find you have 12 stitches to go to finish the row and about 2 inches of yarn left.’
    2. 1.2Knit with a knit stitch.
      ‘knit one, purl one’
      • ‘Frowning in irritation, she picked up the lost stitch and started over, muttering darkly under her breath as she did so. ‘Purl one, knit one, purl one.’’
  • 2Unite or cause to unite.

    no object ‘disparate regions had begun to knit together under the king’
    • ‘the experience knitted the men together’
    • ‘a closely knit family’
    • ‘We are very fortunate to have a group of staff who knit together as a team and excel in what they do.’
    • ‘Europe, viciously divided against itself for centuries, has knit together into a democratic and civil society.’
    • ‘Small-leaved plants that tolerate close clipping will quickly knit together to form a seamless hedge.’
    • ‘It was clear he was going to be fit for the Olympics, but he was worried about how the team would knit together.’
    • ‘The problem is that the show doesn't knit together.’
    • ‘And, in attempting to knit together the play's domestic and political strands, Mitchell overloads the final scene.’
    • ‘He said it was very heartening to see such a closely knit family.’
    • ‘After all, electronic communication is the fastest way to knit together an operation that has spread to 30 locations around the world.’
    • ‘Yet more often than not, efforts to knit together national economies fall victim to obstructionism.’
    • ‘Traditional Thai families are closely knit, often incorporating servants and employees.’
    • ‘Many houses have large kitchens in which closely knit Belgian families can gather.’
    • ‘These men were knit together by the personal bond they each had with their king or chieftain.’
    • ‘The family system is so closely knit here that there is simply no room for any one member of the family to be discarded.’
    • ‘This is a very difficult situation for Michael and for his family, but in some sense, it's made him and his family stronger, and even more closely knit.’
    • ‘Increasingly the county was knit together by improvements in transport.’
    • ‘The closely knit community has rallied round to help the MacDonald family as they rebuild their lives.’
    • ‘The book consists of disparate material roughly knitted together.’
    • ‘He says that his account is knitted together from eye-witness evidence at the trial.’
    • ‘This idea enabled the two theories to be knitted together, and the differing concepts they embodied to be brought into a working relationship.’
    • ‘And we've been a close knit trio every since.’
    unite, become united, unify, become unified, become one, come together, become closer, band together, bond, combine, coalesce, merge, meld, blend, amalgamate, league
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    1. 2.1no object (of parts of a broken bone) become joined.
      ‘He was taken to York District Hospital, where surgeons operated the next day, inserting a pin in the tibia to help knit the bones together.’
      • ‘He went for a final scan and it was all clear and the bone has knitted perfectly.’
      • ‘For the first 12 weeks I lay in bed at home in a morphine-induced haze as my bones slowly knitted.’
      • ‘When he was later transferred to the government hospital at his parents' request, the doctors found that his bones had knitted in the wrong way and could not be corrected.’
      • ‘The bone knitted back together and the flesh and muscle followed.’
      • ‘My physician had not put my arm in a cast, so any movement was quite painful until the bones knitted.’
      • ‘At least four of those weeks will require that arm being splinted while the bone knits back together.’
      • ‘Broken bones knit, wounds heal often without scarring or permanent disability and those that do scar, although unsightly, leave less of a mark than scars on the mind.’
      • ‘Bruises fade, cuts heal, bones knit; the trick is staying alive long enough for it to happen.’
      • ‘Some fractured bones do not knit back together well and this can lead to a slow recovery, with surgery needed to help the bones to unite.’
      • ‘The bones had started to knit long before she'd been brought into the hospital.’
      • ‘This may be necessary where the broken ends of bone cannot easily be brought back together or kept close enough to allow them to knit together.’
      heal, mend, join, fuse, draw together, unite, become whole
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  • 3with object Tighten (one's eyebrows) in a frown of concentration, disapproval, or anxiety.

    ‘Marcus knitted his brows’
    • ‘Janice frowned and knitted her eyebrows together.’
    • ‘She frowned and knitted her eyebrows in frustration.’
    • ‘Joel's brown eyebrows were knitted in a small frown.’
    • ‘Her eyebrows were knitted together in concentration, as if trying to remember something.’
    • ‘Her perfectly plucked eyebrows were knit together in a frown.’
    • ‘Eric knitted his eyebrows together and frowned.’
    • ‘The waiter knitted his bushy eyebrows together and cocked his head slightly.’
    • ‘He knitted his eyebrows in obvious bewilderment.’
    • ‘Joey knitted his eyebrows, not knowing what she meant.’
    • ‘Ben knitted his eyebrows and pursed his lips, clearly revealing his concern.’
    • ‘She knit her eyebrows together and set her finger on her chin.’
    • ‘He knitted his eye brows in frustration and turned to glare at Faye.’
    • ‘His brows were knitted into a deep frown; his hands clutched at his stomach.’
    • ‘Her eyebrows were knitted together, and her lips trembled.’
    • ‘His eyebrows were knitted together in what looked like a hint of frustration.’
    • ‘I knitted my brow, a bit confused as to the direction this conversation was taking.’
    • ‘Dinah shook her head, knitting her brows together.’
    • ‘She looked up at him, confusion knitting her brows.’
    • ‘I set the photo on the desk and stared at it, knitting my brow.’
    • ‘She knitted her brow, then took another look at the stitches.’
    furrow, tighten, contract, gather, draw in, wrinkle, pucker, knot, screw up, crease, scrunch up
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noun

  • 1mass noun A knitted fabric.

    • ‘a machine-washable knit’
    1. 1.1knitsGarment made of a knitted fabric.
      • ‘an array of casual knits’
      knitted garment, woollen
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adjective

  • Denoting or relating to a type of knitting stitch produced by putting the needle through the front of each stitch from left to right.

    Also called plain (sense 6 of the adjective)
    Compare with purl

Origin

Old English cnyttan, of West Germanic origin; related to German dialect knütten, also to knot. The original sense was ‘tie in or with a knot’, hence ‘join, unite’ (knit (sense 2 of the verb)); an obsolete Middle English sense ‘knot string to make a net’ gave rise to knit (sense 1 of the verb).