Sam Barsky

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Sam Barsky is an American artist and internet celebrity. He is known for knitting sweaters of iconic landmarks, then taking selfies in front of those landmarks while wearing them. He also knits sweaters of Jewish and other holidays.

His sweaters are knitted without a pattern freehanding them as he goes along.[1] His sweaters have been recognized as art, having been displayed in numerous galleries and at the American Visionary Arts Museum[2] Though he gets lots of requests, Barsky does not sell his sweaters because he says it is impossible to be a "human sweater mill."[3]


Barsky started knitting in 1999 after he dropped out of nursing school due to health issues, and first tried to teach himself how to knit from a book he borrowed from the library. Soon after, he met the owners of a local yarn shop, who taught him.[4][5]

His first sweaters included a waterfall, covered bridge, lake, and castle. He made a Twin Towers sweater before September 11[6]

He rose to international fame in 2017 when an article about his sweaters was published on Imgur.[7] Originally he did not take selfies in front of landmarks, but began to do so unconsciously and later made it an art form.[8]

Images depicted on Barsky's sweaters[edit]


Some of the landmarks Barsky has featured are:



Barsky has also knitted items other than sweaters, including a framed picture of the Beth Am sanctuary.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Barsky was raised Orthodox, and practices today as a Conservative Jew and is a kohein (Jewish priest).[14] He is married to his wife Deborah.[1]

He suffers from lupus and a neurological disorder, but he says he does not let it stand in the way of his knitting.[8][15][10][2]


  1. ^ a b "The Man Who Made Those Viral Sweaters Has One For Every Jewish Holiday".
  2. ^ a b c "Sam's loom with a view".
  3. ^ a b c d "Sweater Selfies: Man Knits His Way Around The World".
  4. ^ "The man who blends into the background". Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Gone Viral? No Sweat, Just Sweaters". January 20, 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
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  7. ^ "The Baltimore knitter who unraveled the internet".
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Baltimore knitter who unraveled the internet".
  9. ^ a b c d "Pikesville knitter goes viral for destination-themed sweaters". The Baltimore Sun. January 11, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d–-sam-barsky-and-his-postcard-sweaters
  11. ^ a b c d Haaretz (January 9, 2017). "Baltimore Man's Sweaters Are Better Than Postcards" – via Haaretz.
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  14. ^ "The Baltimore knitter who unraveled the internet". Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  15. ^ Jones, Stephen (March 27, 2017). "Ex-student's world tour stood in front of landmarks wearing jumpers he's knitted". Retrieved April 4, 2017.