Japanese Crane sweater is a one of a kind conceptual
sweater which was inspired by Cranes in Japanese woodcuts
and from my own fascination with all things Japanese.
I spent a year as a child living in Japan and ever since,
Asian and especially Japanese, motifs have been a large
part of my design aesthetic . This cardigan is knit
with very fine Japanese silk thread and contains approximately
40,000 individual stitches and took a little over two
months to create. The body of the sweater represents
several different pictorial images: The back has an
image of three cranes flying against a Japanese Sun
while the fronts panels each have one larger Japanese
Crane. The cranes on the front panels are interacting
with each other in a subtle way—the way they would
be in nature—near each other, but doing their
own thing—one is reaching up, perhaps to check
out something in a high branch and the other is rummaging
on the ground for something tasty to eat.
way in which I have combined fairisle knitting and lace
motifs is a new technique for me. The lacy designs on
the neck, sleeves, button bands and bottom edge are
all designed to replicate feathers. The sleeves are
shaped like wings and have a very intricate lace pattern
which is has a feathery fairy-tale quality. The dramatic
and unusual neckline simulates the long reach of the
cranes neck and also has especially intricate feather-lace
motifs knitted into it.
button bands have very delicate and tiny feathers lace-knit
into the length of both sides.
measurements: body width =1 ½", hem to neckline
2", neckline to top of collar in the back: ¾",
armhole to tip of wing/sleeve tip 1 ¼"