The boyfriend sweater curse

Posted on: May 3, 2011

I’m not overly superstitious…but my husband is.  I was reading Son of Stitch and Bitch by Debbie Stoller and came across the “Boyfriend Sweater Curse”.  So essentially, it goes kind of like this: you knit your boyfriend a sweater and shortly after, the relationship breaks up.  The cause: the sweater.

There are a number of hypothesis for this curse.  Perhaps you made a sweater for your partner and he felt obligated to wear it.  In turn, this created strain in the relationship and then caused the rupture.

Another hypothesis is that he does not wear the sweater and you resent the fact that you worked so hard on something he does not appreciate.  Again, the strain causes the relationship to break up.

And yet again, it is perhaps because you knit something that simply does not suit his taste and he feels you don’t really know him…shall I go on?

Anyhow, oddly enough, it freaked out my husband who has decided that I should knit him anything but a sweater.  I’m not too worried about knitting him a sweater; after ten years, I do know him pretty well.  But hey, why risk it, no?


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