This project is my tribute to the late Neil Armstrong who passed away in August of this year.
This is the back. This is supposed to be Neil Armstrong as he steps off the space capsule onto the moon and says his famous quote, "One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." I tried to emphasize the step footprint there at the bottom with the moon boot tread in the dirt.
Here's the front. (Yes. that's me). It shows a rocket taking off and an astronaut attached with a cable to a space capsule. Below there is a planet and the middle has pockets on each side for the hands. (It's supposed to be a sort of flying saucer spaceship.) On the alien spaceship pockets is the quote above.
Here's the front laid out flat. For the astronaut and capsule I used this old Mary Maxim sweater graph pattern from 1966 that I found on e-bay.
The pattern also has a rocket ship on the inside but it was kind of "blocky" looking and I wanted a curvy-lined rocket so I made my own on graph paper for the left side of the front.
This is the back laid out flat. For this I used neat vintage Marimekko fabric of a floating astronaut which I took a photo of and graphed online. I made a hat to match the sweater.
This sweater jacket turned out huge
and I had to crochet inside belt loops and a crocheted sort of belt to cinch it all the way around so it would fit better.
The whole thing is tunisian crocheted except for the sleeves.
The front is two pieces for each side. Then there's the back piece.
The sleeves are just double crocheted by doing a front post double crochet, back post double crochet, alternately around and around for a million rows until I reached the length of sleeve that I wanted. It gives the sleeves some stretch, (sort of like socks), and looks/feels really cool too.
I made the hat this way too after making a circle starting at the top. So the hat stretches out nicely too.
This moon landing was one of the biggest events in my life and I'm happy to have made the event into a sweater to cherish the moment forever.