A knitter in a Facebook group recently asked where the knitting term ‘frogging’ originated from. If you don’t know, frogging is the term used when you rip out your knitting because you’ve discovered an error several rows (or rounds) down and can’t figure out how to fix it without ripping out the knitting you’ve done since the error occurred. According to knitting mythology, the term originates from sound frogs make, ‘ribbit...ribbit’ which sounds like, ‘rip it...rip it’, which is what we do when we rip out rows of stitches. And because we’re clever, knitters evolved ‘rip it’, to ‘ribbit’, to ‘frogging’. I also learned that this is a regional term because different languages have different words for the sound frogs make and many of them don’t sound anything like ribbit. Legend also says the term originated on Ravelry.
Anyway, this got me thinking about other myths and legends in the knitting community, and here are 3 that I can think of:
The Sweater Curse
According to knitting mythology, if you knit your true love a sweater before you’re formally committed to each other, the relationship will end. Is it true? I don't know. Honestly, the Husbeast didn’t get a knit sweater from me until we’d been married for a while, so I have no personal experience with this one.
The Sock Curse
Some superstitious knitters believe if you knit your true love socks before you’re formally committed to each other, they will use them to walk out on you. Again, I didn’t knit socks for the Husbeast until after we were married, and not because I’m superstitious, but because I’m a selfish knitter, so I can’t speak to the accuracy of this myth either. However, if you want to make socks or a sweater for your crush but you’re worried about becoming a victim of the sock or sweater curse, the next myth might help you out.
The Hair Myth
I made up the name of this myth because I don’t know what it’s called, but knitting legend says that if you knit a strand of your hair into the sweater or sock you’re making for your true love, it will not only counteract the sock or sweater curse, but will bind your true love to you forever. Is there any truth to this? I can’t speak for people, but we’re a multi-cat family and if this myth is true there are a lot of people walking through this world who are bound forever to our cat(s).
Are you a superstitious knitter? Do you know of any other knitting superstitions?