verb (knits, knitting; past and past participle knitted or (especially in sense 2) knit)
- 1 [with object] Make (a garment, blanket, etc.) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Make (a stitch or row of stitches) by interlocking loops of yarn.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2Knit with a knit stitch: knit one, purl oneMore example sentences
- 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 [with object]: he knitted together a squad of players other clubs had disregarded [as adjective, with submodifier]: (knit) a closely knit familyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [no object] (Of parts of a broken bone) become joined during healing.More example sentences
- 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.
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- Denoting or relating to a knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from left to right. Compare with purl1.More example sentences
- I've got the knit stitch down now, though not very consistent.
- I've ripped back a few times already, whenever I happen to notice a misplaced purl or knit stitch.
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- 1A knitted fabric: a machine-washable knitMore example sentences
- Another popular vintage detail is a shirt collar made from a different fabric, usually a knit.
- It is made of 100% combed cotton brushed knit, and is colorfast so darks will stay dark.
- The style is tight-fitting with side vents and an elastic waistband, typically made out of cotton or cotton/polyester blend jersey knit.
- 1.1A garment made of a knitted fabric: an array of casual knitsMore example sentences
- The collection is laid back and includes well worn jeans with oversized white shirts and thick knits, masculine suits and lots of simple cotton and jersey dresses.
- The femme fatale showed off her curves in corseted cocktail frocks, clingy knits and tailored skirts.
- High street shops are crammed full of camel-coloured knits, trousers, coats and jackets.
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- Along with 2,500 knitters across the UK, she would produce garments for Inverallan Knitwear in Clackmannanshire, a family firm which then exported the jumpers around the world.
- She began her marathon knitting effort in Cambridge, along with six fellow knitters, and continued with the project when she moved to Chippenham just over a year ago.
- Before our next campaign we need knitters to produce hats, scarves and gloves for children in the coldest regions of Europe.