The Sweater Curse
The Daily Knitter Staff
Ah, the dream of knitting a beautiful sweater for your boyfriend. It starts with
a romantic outing to the yarn shop, with loving gazes over the yarn selections. It
continues with his awe-struck thank you and heart-felt appreciation when the sweater is
complete. The grand finale is his glowing pride; he wears the sweater everywhere and
tells strangers on the street how his wonderful girlfriend knit it for him.
Is the story truth or fiction? The legend of the dreaded sweater curse says truth.
Ask any knitter and she will tell you it is bad luck to knit a sweater for your boyfriend.
The relationship will end before you can bind off your last stitches. A member of The Daily Knitter
staff recently attended a local Stitch N' Bitch meeting to pop the question. Is the sweater curse still
alive? The answer was a resounding yes. And we had to ask the gals to speak one at a time in order to
catch all of the stories. Here are a two of the best yarns we heard.
Amber said she believes in the curse, but uses it as a relationship litmus test. She can tell a lot
about a man by how he reacts to her sweater gift. In each of her past three romances, she has knit
a sweater for her boyfriend and the man was still in the picture at the sweater's completion. That's
the good news. The first sweater was a cabled fisherman's wool pullover that took her two months to
finish. Amber was thrilled to give it to Jason and he was thrilled to receive it. He wore the
sweater the next week and then she didn't see it for a while. A few months later, she arrived at
Jason's townhouse a bit early for a date. He wasn't home from work yet, so she walked around the
back to have a seat on his patio. As she sat down, Amber noticed a dog bed by the back door
belonging to Jason's yellow lab.
Guess what was lining the dog bed? Yep, a cabled fisherman's wool pullover hand knit by her.
Jennifer had a story to tell us from the other side of the fence. She has been
knitting since she was nine years old and is known as the knitter in her family.
Every year at Christmas, she happily bestows a years worth of knitting to friends
and family. During the holidays last year, her older brother Jonathan gave her a
shopping bag filled with two crudely knit sweaters, two scarves, a hat, and an
afghan. Jennifer became ecstatic thinking that Jonathan had taken up knitting and
wanted to share his first knitting projects. Turns out all of the items were knit
for him by ex-girlfriends. He was giving the gifts to Jennifer so she could
unravel them and reuse the yarn.
Truth be told, we did hear many stories of love found in a hand knit sweater. How Sandra knew
Bret was Mr. Right when he loved and often wore the sweater she knit for him. Even though the
collar wasn't perfect and the yarn made him sneeze. So perhaps the sweater curse isn't so much a
curse as it is a knitter's comfort for why a relationship ended before the sweater did. At least
you got a sweater out of it.