Free Pattern Friday: Astor

It was unseasonably warm last week when we were in Toronto (I'm talking shorts and tank tops weather, people!  At Thanksgiving!  We even considered eating our Thanksgiving feast out on the deck, it was that warm) but now I'm back in Edmonton, back to my frost-killed garden, to piles upon piles of crunchy leaves, to stiff winds, to chapped lips.  But it's not all bad, because it's perfect weather for warm drinks and wool sweaters! 

Image by Berroco

Image by Berroco

Astor is a cabled cardigan designed by Norah Gaughan, and it's amazingly free through Berroco's website.  It calls, obviously, for a Berroco yarn, Peruvia Quick.  I have to admit I haven't knit much with Berroco's yarns, as they're not that easy to find here, but I've heard good things and, at least at first glance, I think Cascade's Ecological Wool might make a good substitute.  The price per hank has gone up recently (like, what else is new) but it's still a great deal for the yardage, and it's so nice to knit with.  I've made three sweaters with the Cascade stuff and I'm still loving it.  And pockets!  I know you can add pockets to nearly any sweater if you so wish, but I appreciate so much when a designer includes a useful feature like that and saves you the extra work.