- stick/tend to one's knitting,
- to mind one's own business: Don't worry about my work—just tend to your knitting.
- to devote oneself to one's assignments or responsibilities: Years of sticking to his knitting finally paid off.
Origin of knitting
- to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles or by machine.
- to join closely and firmly, as members or parts (often followed by together): The tragedy knitted the family closer together.
- to contract into folds or wrinkles: to knit the brow.
- to form or create from diverse sources or elements: She knitted her play from old folk tales and family anecdotes.
- to become closely and firmly joined together; grow together, as broken bones do.
- to contract into folds or wrinkles, as the brow.
- to become closely and intimately united.
Origin of knit
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Examples from the Web for knitting
More than secular nationalist movements or industrial interests or mental illness or knitting groups?Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
She could have auditioned to be the tavern wench or a faerie; instead, she signed on as a merchant, knitting chain-mail bikinis.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
Fanning, ever the old soul, returned the gestures by knitting the veteran actors scarves.Dakota Fanning on ‘Night Moves,’ Climate Change, and Hollywood’s Poor Treatment of Women
May 29, 2014
I had a lot of knitted caps courtesy of the hospital volunteers and even my own knitting.A Breast Cancer Alphabet: F Is For Fashion Accessories
February 23, 2014
Sure, they have the knitting around the ankles and the waistbands.NBA Players Are Wearing Sweatpants Again, but Now They Cost $550
November 11, 2013
Suddenly she came to her feet, and tossed her knitting on the bed.Meadow Grass
What wonder that days became as years in knitting them together!The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
For that purpose it is better than an arm-chair and a pipe, or a piece of knitting.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Her knitting was before her, but she had laid it down to pick her teeth with a toothpick.
The fingers of the knitting women were vicious, with the experience that they could tear.
- knitted work or the process of producing it
- (as modifier)a knitting machine
- to make (a garment, etc) by looping and entwining (yarn, esp wool) by hand by means of long eyeless needles (knitting needles) or by machine (knitting machine)
- to join or be joined together closely
- to draw (the brows) together or (of the brows) to come together, as in frowning or concentrating
- (of a broken bone) to join together; heal
- a fabric or garment made by knitting
- (in combination)a heavy knit
Word Origin and History for knitting
"knitted work," 1848, from present participle of knit (v.). Knitting-needle is from 1590s.
Old English cnyttan "to tie with a knot, bind, fasten," related to Old Norse knytja "bind together," Middle Low German knütten "to tie, knot," Old English cnotta "a knot," from Proto-Germanic *knuttjan, from stem *knutt-. Of brows, late 14c. Meaning "to do knitting" (especially plain stitch) is from 1520s. Related: Knitted; knitting.
- The physiological process by which the fragments of a broken bone are united or the edges of a wound are closed.