The Boyfriend Sweater Curse


“The ‘sweater curse’ or ‘curse of the love sweater’ is a term used by knitters to describe the belief that if a knitter gives a hand-knit sweater to a significant other, it will lead to the recipient breaking up with the knitter. In an alternative formulation, the relationship will end before the sweater is even completed. The belief is widely discussed in knitting publications, and some knitters claim to have experienced it. In a 2005 poll, 15% of active knitters said that they had experienced the sweater curse firsthand, and 41% considered it a possibility that should be taken seriously.” –Wikipedia

The sweater curse is not a superstition per se. According to Sharon T. on the Facebook Group “Addicting to Knitting”, “usually the knitter decides the sweater will be the perfect gift, but the boyfriend realises his level of commitment does not equal the knitter’s and leaves the relationship.”

According to Wikipedia, the reason for this “phenomenon” may be that knitters remember the instances where the couple broke-up after knitting a sweater because knitting sweaters takes a lot of time and money. So it might just stick in their heads more.

I find folklore around specific pastimes to be so fascinating!

Beware of the curse of the love sweater! 

-Mama Lisa


Image: Drawing of a Knitted Sweater by David Ring, CC0 1.0. Edited by Mama Lisa.

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One Response to “The Boyfriend Sweater Curse”

  1. Carol Says:

    We were married in 1960, circa 1970, after our 3rd child was born I made a brown knobby looking raglan sleeve, with a cowl like collar for my Husband. We are still married and he wears the sweater in the early morning when we get up early and sit together reading or playing on our iPads. More in love than ever, the end of July we will celebrate our 60th anniversary, have our 3 offspring and several grand children and great grands. Hugs and prayers to all.

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