Definition of knit in English:

knit

verb

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

    • ‘In her spare time, she knitted socks and jumpers.’
    • ‘She passed by the living room, where his mother was sitting in a rocking chair, knitting a sweater.’
    • ‘After breakfast, Rema sat in the living room to finish knitting a sweater for Maria.’
    • ‘Members of the cooperative spin and dye wool, knit sweaters, and also make ceramic crafts.’
    • ‘Over that, she had a blue sweater that her grandmother had knitted for her.’
    • ‘My grandmother knit it for my Dad when he went off to university.’
    • ‘I came across her in the sitting room avidly reading a magazine while knitting a scarf for the hospice shop.’
    • ‘Aunt Christina sat beside him knitting a primrose-coloured jumper for me.’
    • ‘All jumpers, cardigans and socks were knitted by hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we were kids, my Aunt Joan knitted Christmas stockings for everybody in the family.’
    • ‘My grandmother annually knits sweaters for all the grandchildren.’
    • ‘I'm also knitting a sweater for a friend's new baby.’
    • ‘In the blistering heat, and in true family tradition, I was dressed in corduroys and a heavy knitted sweater.’
    • ‘I'm also spending this weekend trying to finish knitting a baby sweater.’
    • ‘Today she was wearing one of her muddy brown, knitted sweaters, flared bellbottoms, and those fancy Birkenstock sandals.’
    • ‘She wore a white knitted sweater with a matching skirt.’
    • ‘Tonight I was finishing up a hat I had knitted for my niece.’
    • ‘I've knitted a scarf for Jr, and now I'm making one for me.’
    • ‘My granny knitted that scarf for me when I went to high school and it meant a lot to me.’
    1. 1.1Make (a stitch or row of stitches) by interlocking loops of yarn.
      • ‘After I knit about five rows, I saw my stitches were off and the pattern didn't look right.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first thing we knitted was a kettle holder by casting on 20 stitches and knitting each row plain until it became a square.’
      • ‘At last I could knit a few rows, enjoy the process and then set down the needles.’
      • ‘As if to affirm this truth, she rapidly knitted five more rows in one minute flat.’
    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’
    [with object] ‘he knitted together a squad of players other clubs had disregarded’
    [as adjective, with submodifier] ‘a closely knit family’
    • ‘He said it was very heartening to see such a closely knit family.’
    • ‘Europe, viciously divided against itself for centuries, has knit together into a democratic and civil society.’
    • ‘The closely knit community has rallied round to help the MacDonald family as they rebuild their lives.’
    • ‘After all, electronic communication is the fastest way to knit together an operation that has spread to 30 locations around the world.’
    • ‘We are very fortunate to have a group of staff who knit together as a team and excel in what they do.’
    • ‘He says that his account is knitted together from eye-witness evidence at the trial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was clear he was going to be fit for the Olympics, but he was worried about how the team would knit together.’
    • ‘Small-leaved plants that tolerate close clipping will quickly knit together to form a seamless hedge.’
    • ‘Traditional Thai families are closely knit, often incorporating servants and employees.’
    • ‘And, in attempting to knit together the play's domestic and political strands, Mitchell overloads the final scene.’
    • ‘Increasingly the county was knit together by improvements in transport.’
    • ‘Yet more often than not, efforts to knit together national economies fall victim to obstructionism.’
    • ‘The problem is that the show doesn't knit together.’
    • ‘And we've been a close knit trio every since.’
    • ‘The family system is so closely knit here that there is simply no room for any one member of the family to be discarded.’
    • ‘These men were knit together by the personal bond they each had with their king or chieftain.’
    • ‘The book consists of disparate material roughly knitted together.’
    • ‘Many houses have large kitchens in which closely knit Belgian families can gather.’
    • ‘This idea enabled the two theories to be knitted together, and the differing concepts they embodied to be brought into a working relationship.’
    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. 2.1[no object](of parts of a broken bone) become joined during healing.
      • ‘The bones had started to knit long before she'd been brought into the hospital.’
      • ‘He went for a final scan and it was all clear and the bone has knitted perfectly.’
      • ‘Bruises fade, cuts heal, bones knit; the trick is staying alive long enough for it to happen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the first 12 weeks I lay in bed at home in a morphine-induced haze as my bones slowly knitted.’
  • 3[with object] Tighten (one's brow or eyebrows) in a frown of concentration, disapproval, or anxiety.

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

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

    Compare with purl
    • ‘I've ripped back a few times already, whenever I happen to notice a misplaced purl or knit stitch.’
    • ‘I've got the knit stitch down now, though not very consistent.’

noun

  • 1A knitted fabric.

    ‘a machine-washable knit’
    • ‘Some of the knit dresses showed off so much thigh that they looked like tops.’
    • ‘It is made of 100% combed cotton brushed knit, and is colorfast so darks will stay dark.’
    • ‘A dense design embroidered on a lightweight knit weighs down the fabric surrounding the design.’
    • ‘She pulled her hat further over her ears, wrapped a long knit scarf around her nose and mouth, then hurried down the street.’
    • ‘A young pregnant woman in a yellow knit dress bustled in and selected floor 12.’
    • ‘The knit shirts have one pocket and the woven shirts have one or two pockets.’
    • ‘Sweater knit is usually sold by the yard, in panels or in kits.’
    • ‘Sweater knits are one of the easiest fabrics to sew, even for a beginner.’
    • ‘There are knits like soft jerseys and heavy fleece.’
    • ‘Don't allow the fabric to hang off the cutting surface, it will stretch and distort the knit.’
    • ‘Fabrics that do not require ironing, knits for example, are great because they do not crease and still look good at the end of the day.’
    • ‘When she came out again, she wore white denim shorts, a sleeveless knit top, and canvas deck shoes.’
    • ‘$1.55 sounds a bit too cheap for even a medium/light cotton knit in plain white.’
    • ‘The style is tight-fitting with side vents and an elastic waistband, typically made out of cotton or cotton/polyester blend jersey knit.’
    • ‘We sat for a long while before the front door flung open, a woman with a knit hat and a big jacket scuffled in, ran to the back, and quickly came to our table.’
    • ‘Fusible knits can add body to garments without any crispness, and can be used to reduce wrinkling on some fabrics, like linen.’
    • ‘Her hair was tucked under a knit cap she had just bought, making her eyes look bigger than usual.’
    • ‘Another popular vintage detail is a shirt collar made from a different fabric, usually a knit.’
    • ‘She wore a black ankle-length skirt with a scarlet knit shirt with three quarter sleeves.’
    • ‘Fluffy woolens, down-filled quilted layers, and synthetic thermal weaves and knits all work well in freezing temperatures.’
    1. 1.1A garment made of a knitted fabric.
      ‘an array of casual knits’
      • ‘Instead of wearing the more conventional tie and shirt, try pairing up your suits with fine-gauge knits.’
      • ‘High street shops are crammed full of camel-coloured knits, trousers, coats and jackets.’
      • ‘The much-loved Matelot top gets a makeover, there are lovely 30s-style chunky knits and all sorts of variations on a red, white and blue colour theme.’
      • ‘Mr Neal said he and his wife are planning a range of alpaca knits.’
      • ‘But why is it that in the very same issue the clothes shown in the fashion section are bare-shouldered - admittedly with little knits to cover those parts older women prefer not to expose?’
      • ‘Of course, button-down shirts can always be worn with suits, but knits are a stylish option as well.’
      • ‘Belgian designer Dries Van Noten featured chunky folk-inspired knits, while Yohji Yamamoto swathed models in huge felt coats that covered a multitude of sins.’
      • ‘Look for gauzy dresses, which can be slid on top of one another, or teamed with trousers, skirts or lightweight knits.’
      • ‘Kathleen has always enjoyed knitting and since her grand-children decided they preferred designer labels to grandma's home knits, she has given her knitting to local charities.’
      • ‘The femme fatale showed off her curves in corseted cocktail frocks, clingy knits and tailored skirts.’
      • ‘Avoid big, bulky sweaters and select thin knits in warm dark hues like eggplant, sienna, or olive and wear them out over your jeans.’
      • ‘Think about it: a chunky woollen knit is not the first thing we reach for to ward off cold snaps and draughts these days.’
      • ‘Separate your Ts from your long-sleeve knits, and your heavyweight sweaters from your lighter ones.’
      • ‘Among the large audience was special guest, Orla Kiely, the handbag designer whose displays of leather suits, boiled wool skirts and cashmere knits were also shown.’
      • ‘Gap was selling beautiful cable knits for $29.’
      • ‘Hanging on the wall behind him is a whole wardrobe of clothes I wouldn't buy in a million years - all velvets and turtlenecks and skin-hugging wool knits - and he says he's not here to change me.’
      • ‘When shopping for warm clothes, especially woollen knits, it may be prudent to look for the international ‘wool mark’ which indicates the quality of wool used.’
      • ‘A rich palette of country greens and browns, superb knits, smooth tweeds and timelessly luxe romantic eveningwear had his super-elegant and very rich customers smiling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you are sporting one of this season's oversized knits, then do what Stella McCartney did on her runway and wear it over slender trousers to balance out the bulk.’

Origin

Old English cnyttan; related to German dialect knütten, also to knot. The original sense was tie in or with a knot hence join, unite ( knit); an obsolete Middle English sense knot string to make a net gave rise to knit.

Pronunciation:

knit

/nit/