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  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips
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English verbs follow several patterns of conjugation. Many verbs are irregular, and some of those don’t follow the same rules as other verbs at all. Other verbs, though, are regular, and are conjugated according to predictable rules and conventions. These verbs can be conjugated into the past tense with the suffix -ed. The operative question with knit usually is, “What is the past tense of knit?” Is it a regular verb? Some writers use knit, but knitted is the standard past tense form.

In this post, I will compare knit vs. knitted. I will use each of these words in at least one example sentence, so you can see them in context. Plus, I will show you how you can use a mnemonic device to make choosing knit or knitted a simpler process.


The word knit originated from Old English cnyttan, of West Germanic origin; related to German dialect knütten, also to knot1. The original sense was ‘tie in or with a knot’, hence ‘join, unite’ (sense 2 of the verb); an obsolete Middle English sense ‘knot string to make a net’ gave rise to sense 1 of the verb.

Knit as verb:

The word knit is used as a verb which means to make (a garment, blanket, etc.) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine.

She was knitting a sweater.

To unite or cause to unite is also known as to knit.

Disparate regions had begun to knit together under the king.

Knit as noun:

Knit is also used in English as a noun which means knitted clothes or garments.

Silky knits in pretty shades were displayed in the shop.

Knit vs. Knitted

Use of Knitted:

Knitted is the standard past tense form of knit. So, whenever you have to use the word knit in the past tense, always add ‘ed’ at the end.


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]

Knit or knitted:

Knit and knitted are conjugations of the verb knit, which means to make a garment with needlework. Knit is the present and future tense form. Knitted is used for the past tense. Knitted is a regular verb, so it follows other regular verbs like fitted and pitted. Don’t forget to check this site any time you have further questions about confusing words or other writing topics.

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