Knitting seems like it would be older than weaving, doesn’t it? Those jeans you’re wearing seem somehow way more advanced than a fuzzy wool sweater. But while weaving dates back tens of millenia, knitting really only came about a couple thousand years ago. At least, that we know of.
While hand-knitted clothing doesn’t always have the same advantages as woven textiles (you’re not likely going to find anyone knitting waterproof, nylon raingear), it does have a huge edge over woven clothing in the area of repair and reuse. A strategic snip in the right spot can turn a beautiful pair of socks back into a pile of thread. An occasional jab with a darning needle can keep a pair of mittens going for an entire lifetime. Or, an old sweater you don’t want any more can get turned into some new, stylish accessories.