So, have you ever heard of the CURSE OF THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER? (You’re supposed to read that like the announcer introducing a B-horror movie, in case you were wondering.) The superstition is that if you make a sweater for your boyfriend (or girlfriend, I suppose), you’ll be broken up by the time you bind off. I’m not making this up. It’s even got it’s own Wikipedia page.
I’m not terribly superstitious, but I don’t doubt that this occurs. (I know I refused to make a sweater for my husband until we got married, just in case.) I propose that the “curse” actually happens for one of two reasons.
1. You picked an ugly-ass sweater pattern, or at least a sweater that you want your significant other to wear, but not one that he would ever be caught dead in in a million years. These miscommunications can lead to hurt feelings, bickering, and general unpleasantness. Not good at all.
2. Most sweaters take a loooong time to knit, unless you’re really on a mission a typical knitter won’t complete a sweater in less than several months. Your typical dating relationship (that doesn’t go on to marriage and all that jazz) may not last quite that long. (Of course, I’m generalizing, but you get my point.)
So, I’m not sure that I buy into the whole superstition thing, but I certainly can see how there might be a correlation between sweater-making and relationship-ending. So what’s a girl to do if she wants to dress up her guy in cozy knitwear? How about a nice scarf? A cozy hat? Maybe a cool pair of gloves?
Unless, of course, you want your relationship to end but you don’t like confrontation. In that case, knit away! Might I recommend this classy number modeled by Mr. Cosby?