Norah Gaughan

Norah Gaughan

An Independent designer since 2014, I’ve been juggling design projects and traveling to teach at festivals and yarn shops with writing a new book. it’s a big serious new book on cables, due out in October ‘16, details to come. Published by Stewart Tabori and Chang, edited by Melanie Falick and Jared Flood did the awesome photography.

– I’m proud and happy to be a member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team.

– The Fibre Co provided an opportunity to design a modern new collection focusing on being fun and easy to knit.

– If you can’t come to class in person, you’ll find me on Creativebug.


A bit of history – I freelanced for years, for yarn companies and magazines, like Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits. Through an agent, I had fun selling swatches to 7th avenue. He was off pounding the pavement while I was home delving deeper and deeper into twisted stitches and cables. For 6 years I was the design director at JCA Crafts which included Reynolds Yarn, Artful Yarns and Adrienne Vittadini Handknitting yarns. Most recently, I spent 9 years as the Design Director at Berroco Yarns.

Note: Sometimes it’s hard to fathom how very different the model of business was when I freelanced. I don’t own those designs (or write the finished patterns, or have any records of the patterns). The same is true for my stints on staff at yarn companies. The companies own the patterns, provided the tech editing and pattern support, etc. No complaints from me, I was paid fairly for my work, it’s just that I can’t really help much with pattern questions.

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original designs  

original designs

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from Making No. 3 / DOTS
Dsc_7394_small_best_fit
from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2017
23_vkss17_063_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-walkway-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-1_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Ravelry Store
Norah_gaughan_finals-8901_copy_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-arena-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-5-sq_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-arris-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-5-sq_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-gambrel-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-1_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-annex-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-1_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-dormer-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-1_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-cella-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-1_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-spate-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-3-sq_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-bower-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-1_small_best_fit
from Quince & Co.
Quince-co-perimeter-norah-gaughan-framework-knitting-pattern-5-sq_small_best_fit
from BT Yokes
Pyry_01_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 17
Shoji_04_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 17
Oban_01_small_best_fit
from Berroco Portfolio, Vol. 3
Gaughan_tunic_2082_small_best_fit
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 2016/17
1_vkw1617_small_best_fit
from Wool Studio 2016: A Winter Pattern Co...
Hartwichtop_01_small_best_fit
from Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2016
20_vkh16_small_best_fit
from Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2016
02_vkh16_0046_small_best_fit
from Making No. 2 / FAUNA
Dsc_4984_1_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Chunky_cardigan_p231_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Topdown_pullover_p118_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Sideways_pullover_p070_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Afghan_p272_copy_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Flared_pullover_p260_medium2_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Cloche_p114_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Batwing_pullover_p222_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Skirt_p267_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Untitled_small
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Wrap_poncho_p163_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Vest_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Fitted_pullover_p268_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Poncho_p228_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Balaclava_p160_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Scarf_p116_small_best_fit
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2016
16_1_vkf16_small_best_fit
from WOOLFOLK COLLECTION FW16
Wf-fw16-8880_lores_small_best_fit
from BT Fall 16
Mohr_his_01_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan's Ravelry Store
N-ogee_front_view_tied
from Vogue Knitting, Early Fall 2016
Vkef16_chullo_hat_1089_small_best_fit
from Brooklyn Tweed Ganseys
Larus_01_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 16
Intersect_01_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 16
Riptide_01_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 16
Breaker_01_small_best_fit
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