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Topic: One Small Step - One Giant Leap - Sweater Jacket  (Read 4702 times)
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« on: November 16, 2012 06:53:08 AM »

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.

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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2012 08:23:04 AM »

WOW!! This sweater doubles as a piece of art!! What an incredibly fun project.

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012 10:40:18 AM »

Such a tremendous project!

You put a lot of detail into your sweater...and a lot of work!

I love that it has sort of a bohemian look...

Mr. Armstrong was one reason I went to Purdue...they were promoting women to go into traditionally male areas, such as engineering, aerospace, etc.  I see that you are also from Indiana, so it is nice that you did such a tribute to him!

Fabulous...a work of textile art!

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012 11:07:07 AM »

I think you did an amazing job. It's wonderful! I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012 11:54:06 AM »

That is awesome!!!!  Love the details that you put into it.  <3

« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2012 04:00:23 AM »

This is SO cool!!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2012 08:03:32 AM »

Featured on the Craftster Facebook page?! Awesome, rackycoo!  Thank you!!! Grin

"I love that it has sort of a bohemian look..."

This made me so happy to read, alwaysinmyroom, because I actually really AM Bohemian, (of Czechoslovakian heritage, that is).  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2012 10:41:20 PM »

Wrote. Wow. This is incredible.

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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2012 05:03:30 PM »

WOW! That took some series skill! You have my utter admiration for this project, you have truly made a treasure!

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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2012 07:51:30 AM »

Wow, what a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.  I have had a fascination with the space program since I was a little kid. 

I love the images you chose to use and how you placed them. 

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