- 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
verb (used with object), knit·ted or knit, knit·ting.
verb (used without object), knit·ted or knit, knit·ting.
Origin of knit
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|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Anne Berry|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Madhulika Sikka|February 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure, they have the knitting around the ankles and the waistbands.NBA Players Are Wearing Sweatpants Again, but Now They Cost $550|Sujay Kumar|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The deacon was still silent, and aunt Judith and Mrs. Farnham seemed to be knitting more rapidly than usual.Winter Fun|William O. Stoddard
They went on—one with her knitting and the other with her spinning.Armorel of Lyonesse|Walter Besant
That prevented her from knitting anymore, as the wool was held taut.The Debtor|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
On the little porch sat the old woman, dozing over her knitting.Memories|Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
Mother stood by the woollen wheel, spinning, and my little sister Ruhama sat near her, knitting.Ben Comee|M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
- knitted work or the process of producing it
- (as modifier)a knitting machine
verb knits, knitting, knitted or knit
- a fabric or garment made by knitting
- (in combination)a heavy knit
Word Origin for knit
"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.