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Knitting is a method of making fabric with yarn on two or more needles. The first pieces of clothing made in the technique similar to knitting were socks. These socks were done with Nålebinding which is a method that makes use of single needle and thread.

There are ideas that knitting began in the Middle East, from there came to Europe via Mediterranean trade routes and then to the Americas from Europe. The oldest knitted items have been discovered in Egypt and are dated between the 11th and 14th centuries AD. When the revolution started, machines appeared that did wool spinning, material manufacturing and even for knitting lace. During the 1920s, White Russians that misplaced the Civil War fled to China and showed the craft of knitting to Chinese caravan men, who used camel hair as a fabric for knitting.

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Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric, often used in many types of garments. Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of intermeshing of loops.

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