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  • Issue 41

It’s Knot You

The curious history of the sweater curse. Words by Precious Adesina. Photograph by Christian Heikoop.

There are many activities people are superstitious about: breaking mirrors, spilling salt and walking under ladders, to name a few. In the world of knitting, it is the “sweater curse” that strikes fear. Also known as “the curse of the love sweater” or “the curse of the boyfriend sweater, ” it works like this: A person knits a sweater for their partner and it leads to the unraveling of their relationship. For many ardent knitters, this isn’t just superstition, but


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