Knit vs. knitted

The verb knit is traditionally uninflected in the past tense and as a past participle. Knitted is now well accepted, though; it appears about as often as the uninflected form in 21st-century texts from throughout the English-speaking world. 

Knitted is safest as a participial adjective (e.g., a knitted scarf), but it also works as a verb (e.g., she knitted all morning). Knit also works in these uses (e.g., a knit scarf, she knit all morning), but it’s falling out of favor.



A chunky knit scarf coils around his neck like a python and then trails down his back … [Truckee Times]

She knit and crocheted some baby items and childrens hats and scarves for our American Legion Aux. [Village Soup]

Packer has knit the scenes together intelligently. [Boston Globe]


The compulsory purchases include a knitted hat and a waterproof jacket bearing the school logo. [Guardian]

He knitted the trail clubs together into a cohesive group. [Baltimore Sun]

Others have knitted sweaters with a working QR code stitched in. [Los Angeles Times]

2 thoughts on “Knit vs. knitted”

  1. Using newspapers as a source of grammar examples is rather pointless these days, because companies no longer concern themselves with grammar. Today’s young people are not being taught the correct use of the language, and they are the ones being hired by all companies including newspapers. The percentage of employees and managers who do understand the finer points of the language (or even the basic points for that matter) is declining, and soon the only people left who know or care how to properly use English will be language students and professors (if anyone still has any interest in such study) and similar minorities.


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