Confessions jumper curse

Published on February 14th, 2017 | by Eric


The boyfriend jumper curse!

Today is Valentine’s Day, a day where those with partners show their love and appreciation for each other, although it’s not all roses and chocolates. It’s also the day where a tiny little angel-man shoots an arrow into your heart, forcing you to fall in love with someone whom you might have otherwise passed up. If you’re a knitter, you probably know that you shouldn’t knit a jumper for your boyfriend unless you’re fine with the risk of spending Valentine’s Day alone watching Love Actually with a box of tissues at your side.


chum's jumper pullover



Here are some stories from the LoveKnitting Community about the perils of the boyfriend jumper curse. Names and identifying features have been changed to protect the cursed.


Marie: My husband Gerry and I were married for 3 years but together for 7; and we have a dog together, Bart, a lovely greyhound. I have always knitted Bart a jumper since we first got him because he was always shivering no matter the weather. My husband was always extremely jealous of this attention. So one year, reluctantly, after a lot of persuasion I decided to knit him a jumper. In fact, I knitted two matching jumpers for Gerry and Bart. I thought this would be very cute. Also, I was married to this man so I never gave the jumper curse too much thought. Little did I know, he had been cheating behind my back basically since I started knitting the jumper (perhaps 6 months, or 1 year, I cannot remember, I was working on quite a few other projects too) and this matching jumper apparently was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. He was furious that I knitted him and Bart a matching jumper. He said that I cared about the dog more than him and packed all his bags and left. This wasn’t even the worst part of the story. The following month, Bart just left home one day, never to be seen again. Now, not only will I never knit another jumper for a man I love, I will never knit any for my dogs either!


red jumper cables


Louise: I have a boyfriend jumper curse story, but it didn’t affect our relationship. I knitted Andy a sweater a couple of years ago…it’s just that the climate in England isn’t cold enough so he doesn’t get the chance to wear it. Every time we go to Sweden he packs the jumper and hopes to wear it, and almost every time it’s too warm. So even though I got to keep my boyfriend, I won’t knit another really warm sweater for him unless he starts freezing.


Suzanne: I had been with my boyfriend for a year when I offered to knit him a jumper. He chose the pattern and wool, and I set to work! It was a tricky pattern repeat and took me quite a while to knit, but 4 months later and the jumper was finished and sewn up! He loved it and said it was super warm. Sadly just a couple of months later he suddenly ended our relationship – I didn’t take the jumper with me.


aran jumper


Lisa: About three years ago I was dating a guy named Bill. We had been seeing each other for about 2 years on and off, but this was our first Valentine’s Day together. I spend the entire month of January and half of February knitting a gorgeous navy blue jumper for him. It had the most incredible cable pattern, with a great big collar. I gave it to him before our Valentine’s dinner, and he loved it. He said he felt like Hemingway, and wouldn’t stop thanking me throughout the meal. A couple weeks went by and he started seeming distant… Eventually he stopped calling, and wouldn’t answer my texts, even though I could see that he read them. When we finally connected he told me that he “needed some space.” I later found out he met someone else. She probably wears that jumper when she’s cold…


Brianna: In preparation for Christmas one particularly skint year, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to afford a nice present for my (now ex-) boyfriend. Instead, I looked to my overflowing yarn stash and decided that I should make him a nice jumper. Super thoughtful right? So I got to work on a chunky jumper, similar to something that I knew he would like. I was working up until Christmas Eve tying in the ends, literally just finishing the jumper in time for Christmas morning.

I hand him the gift, all excited to see his reaction. I get nothing. Barely even a thank you. He doesn’t even try it on! Honestly, his mum was more excited by it than he was.

Later on Boxing Day, we went for a nice walk. He says that he doesn’t think he has enough warm clothes to wear out… I point to his gift and he begrudgingly wears his new jumper out on the walk.

A week later, when we have returned home, I ask him wear his jumper is. He doesn’t know. I clear through the entire flat trying to find it, but it’s gone. Did he leave it at his family home? Or did he outright dispose of it? To this day I still don’t know.

What I do know, is that was the day I knew it was over…

The sweater curse strikes again.


Do you have a jumper curse story? Let us know about them in the comments!


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Last updated: February 20th, 2017.

6 Responses to The boyfriend jumper curse!

  1. Veronica says:

    you can break the jumper curse…get three friends to knit one stitch each. I don’t know where I heard this but I did this when I knitted my boyfriend a jumper way back in 1983. We have been married for over thirty years now and I have knitted another couple of jumpers in that time!

  2. Steph says:

    My problem is just that men need such big jumpers! I’ve done it once and it took about 15 months to knit (a few other things got knitted in that time!). The worst thing was that I got the tension marginally wrong and it doesn’t fit! Spent so long working on it that I can’t face taking it apart and trying to fix it. Still with the man 🙂 – I read that you have to put a deliberate mistake in so I purled a knit stitch!

  3. Nancy P. says:

    I had a boyfriend that wanted me to crochet an afghan for him. Problem was that he wanted it to fit a queen size bed and hang over the sides. He picked the pattern (a rose surrounded by bobble stitches in the square), he paid for all the yarn (yellow, red, olive green, and black), and I got started. It took me 4 years to finish it. We broke up after 2 years. I contacted him when it was finally done (300 squares worth) and told him I wanted to be paid $300 for all my time and effort on this monster size afghan. He refused and didn’t even want it anymore. So I donated it to a charity raffle drawing. The gal who won it said it was too big so she was going to take it apart and make 2 afghans out of it.
    I still had enough yellow yarn to make a knitted afghan for a former home EV teacher who felt bad about not winning the raffle.

  4. Judy says:

    I made my new boyfriend a royal blue v neck jumper and even sewed in a hand made label with my initials written in Biro on it. Classy! He said it was lovely and put it on. Off we went to the cinema. He took off his coat and sat down.’ Put your coat back on!’ I yelled. One of the sleeves was hanging by a thread. Sewing has never been a strong point!
    However he saw the funny side and we celebrate our Golden Wedding in May. My mother wouldn’t let me make my wedding dress. She said it would fall off me half way up the aisle!

  5. Sue Russell says:

    This is the first time I’ve heard of the boyfriend jumper curse but it makes sense as my fiance in 1973 asked me to knit him a waistcoat which was fashionable at the time. He chose the yarn but a month or two after knitting it he broke it off. I married in 1975 so it’s as well I didn’t knit my husband a jumper until after we were married!

  6. Teresa says:

    I‘ve never heard of this curse either. My husband of 40 years and our two sons are not sweater wearers so I knit them for the other men in my life. Our grandsons are 4, 5, and 12 and the great granson is 7 months old. I knitted him a “frog prince” sweater and hat for his first Valentine‘s Day. The little men in my life have mothers who like Nana‘s knitted sweaters so for a few more years I can knit for the little loves of my life. (It also takes less time and yarn).

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