On the relative merits of knitting vs weaving:-
Weaving produces flat sheets of cloth, which are fine for blankets, sheets,
togas, kilts, etc, but need to be cut and stitched to fit more complex
shapes. This is extra work, and wastes material. It is probably quite
difficult to do well until you have scissors or shears. I know flint knives
have been used for surgery, but I suspect haute couture is pushing the
technology too far.
Knitting can produce flexible and stretchable covers for complex shapes,
without cutting or waste.
Hudson Taylor, 19th-century founder of the China Inland Mission, was a great
admirer of Chinese culture, and made a point of wearing Chinese clothes so
as to fit in with local customs. He found these very comfortable and
practical, except for Chinese socks, which I think were woven, and very