Readings & Meanings:
to knit, to compile
I knitted him a sweater as his birthday present.
I do editing for a newspaper company.
You should all be familiar with 糸 by now. It's the kanji for thread.
So it makes perfect sense that the 糸 radical should be found in the kanji for knitting.
Some of the other kanji that 糸 stitches together doesn't always make literal sense, but mostly you can see some way the idea of a thread works:
- 組 - to unite (a common thread unites us)
- 紙 - paper (paper is fibrous, made of threads)
- 絞 - to strangle (with a thread)
- 続 - to continue (the thread continues)
Easy Kanji, by Fujihiko Kaneda (Amazon Link)