To knit up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To knit up to wind up; to conclude; to come to a close.
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Usage

In literature:

Sleep knits us up for the fray, and a man always wants to be at his best when he goes into battle.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
His eyes blazed from beneath his knit eyebrows with a fire that seemed to be lighted up in the infernal pit itself.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
She took up her needles and her work, and fell to knitting.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
It was more than she could do to stand up; she let her knitting drop, and put her hands up to her face.
"The Bridal March; One Day" by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
She was standing, having gathered up her knitting preparatory to retiring.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
Once in the Solomons, when a wild boar charged me, I lay for weeks in a trader's hut waiting for an obdurate fracture to knit up again.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
She stumbled back to her seat behind the table, near the bunk, and tried to take up her knitting again.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
He began to walk up and down just before her, his brows moodily knitted.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
To make up for this, Elsket would sometimes, when I went fishing, take her knitting and keep me company, sitting at a little distance.
"Elsket" by Thomas Nelson Page
Mrs. Ericson drew a rocking-chair up near him and began to knit busily.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Tell Sydney that all the way here from Geneva, and up to the Sea of Ice this morning, I wore his knitting, which was very comfortable indeed.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
He saw me at the door, I know, though I ran into the parlor, and took up my stocking, and began to knit it as fast as I could.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
Miss Trevor took up her knitting, which had been lying in her lap, and was soon busy avoiding the pitfalls a heel presents to the unwary.
"Who?" by Elizabeth Kent
His great endeavour is now to knit up acquaintances with students, and so comes he easily into student life.
"The Student-Life of Germany" by William Howitt
If the women put down their knives, it was only to take up their knitting.
"Our Journey to the Hebrides" by Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Mrs. Naylor took up her knitting and switched off to another topic.
"Beaumaroy Home from the Wars" by Anthony Hope
A few days after Richard left he unexpectedly opened the front gate and came up to the porch where Tippy and I sat knitting.
"Georgina's Service Stars" by Annie Fellows Johnston
At the window-door leading to the street and letting in the light of day Miss Rosalie sat with her knitting from sun-up to sun-down.
"The Surprises of Life" by Georges Clemenceau
Then she snapped up a knitting needle to open the cherished missive.
"Jane Allen: Center" by Edith Bancroft
We sat and knitted and yawned, and the husbands put on dressing gowns and ambled up the hill and round to the shower baths in the basement.
"Affinities and Other Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehard
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In poetry:

Up, up it tower'd, as if in rage
The modern change to view;
Like Carlyle, from the middle age,
With brow knit at the new.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Two Undergraduates came up,
And slowly took a seat,
They knit their brows, and bit their thumbs,
As if they found them sweet,
And this was odd, because you know
Thumbs are not good to eat.
"The Vulture and the Husbandman" by Arthur Clement Hilton
Old Ivan McIvanovitch, with knitted brow of care,
Has climbed up from the engine-room to get a breath of air;
He slowly wipes the grease and sweat from hairy face and neck.
And from beneath his bushy brows he glowers around the deck.
"Those Foreign Engineers" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Northern Illinois' close-knit offensive line, pictured lined up up against Bowling Green this season, has been key to the Huskies' big offensive numbers this year.
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world's only daily column that is covered in snow, wearing its knit pom pom-tipped hat and matching mittens in September.
That's how Brink-Hart came up with the idea to knit a cozy for the school's outdoor railing — all 128 feet of it.
When CEO-turned-whistleblower Michael Woodford exposed a $1.7 billion cover-up of losses at Olympus , he was forced to flee from Japan, fearing for his life, as the scandal sent shockwaves through the country's tight-knit corporate world.
It seems the National Needlearts Association has teamed up with major and minor league teams to promote stitching arts — quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross- stitching and more — at the ballpark.
Whether you work it up in green or red, this knitted scarf is sure to be a hit with people who love tractors .
Looking forward to the show coming up July 5th at the Knitting Factory.
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