Other than the Middle East, and Spain, other places in the world were even later in their assigning words for knitting.
It's pretty obvious; knitting hasn't been around that long.
The history of knitting is mostly a big mystery, guessed at from fragments kept in museums around the world.
Knitting is made of wool, silk, and other fibers that decay rapidly, even under perfect conditions; knitting needles are essentially sharpened sticks, and hard to identify as knitting needles beyond a doubt; they could be hair picks, skewers, spindles, or any of the other zillion uses there are for a sharpened stick. the numbers of weaving and spinning gods and mostly goddesses are legion).
Among some historians (I won't name names), there seems to be a lot of, um, denial going on about where knitting was developed.