“We've been working with this women's collective in Peru for the past few years and these have been in the works for over a year,” Dan said. “The flower cardigans are hand crocheted and take about 80 hours per sweater… First each flower is crocheted, and then all knitted together… The yarn is really nice too - it's a mercerized pima cotton which has a beautiful color.”
The floral motifs are perfect for swaggily camouflaging yrself at a BOTANIC GARDEN… (extra props if you accessorize with one of Story Mfg.’s floral-crochet scarves.)
We got Dan on the phone for more intel. “I was in Peru a year and a half ago and started seeing them use this mercerized cotton, which has this great vibrancy,” he said. “At the time I was listening to a lot of Beatles records, and my eye caught on this vest Paul wore during Magical Mystery Tour — it’s a similar hand-crocheted deal. I showed the workshop a picture, and we developed a stitch and played around with different yarns. It’s called a double rice stitch and it’s used a lot in Japanese knitwear. We combined that yarn with the Magical Mystery Tour thing, mocked up three colors, and boom.
“So those are made through a workshop run by this lady Eunice, and I’m on WhatsApp with her every day. I like working with small operations because you can f*ck around, you don’t have to produce huge orders. Then across town in Lima there’s this guy Froilan, who does a lot of space-dyeing.
“I wanted to use it for a cardigan, to get a kind of Missoni effect, but less precise.”