- either of two types of instruments used for hand knitting: a straight rod of steel, wood, plastic, etc., pointed at one or both ends, used in pairs, or a single curved, flexible rod with two pointed ends.
- any of various needlelike devices used in machine knitting.
Origin of knitting needle
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for knitting needle
Its nectary tube is five inches in length, and as slender as a knitting-needle.My Studio Neighbors
William Hamilton Gibson
What did the fly feel when he saw the knitting-needle coming?
They carried everything in stock from a bar of iron to a knitting-needle.A Man of Samples
Wm. H. Maher
He takes a pellet of the black, treacly stuff on the end of a knitting-needle.From Sea to Sea
Wherever a knitting-needle can pass, the parent moth can enter.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)
Mrs. F.L. Gillette