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

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from Berroco #286, Mica
286_barnard_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 4
Ng4_flutter_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 4
Ng4_frond_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 4
Ng4_woodstock_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 4
Ng4_accord_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 4
Ng4_haight_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 4
Ng4_fold_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 4
Ng4_love_lg_small
from twist collective Winter 2008
2937749589_f9c7dd4011_o_small_best_fit
from Berroco
Rory_lg_small
from Knitty, Fall 2008
Kineticbeauty_small_best_fit
from Berroco Design Studio Blog
20080818-kjp923dgxb5827xc2xygw1bkw3_small
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2008
873624409c69335d97_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_eastlake_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_loppem_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_calvert_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_assemblage_lg_small
from Berroco #277, Peruvia
277_pamelia_lg_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_violette_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_strawberry_hill_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_eastscarf_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_linear_lg_small
from Berroco #277, Peruvia
277_phylicia_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_chisel_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_cubic_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_cire_perdue_lg_small
from Berroco #276, Geode & Jasper
276_julianna_lg_small_best_fit
from Berroco #277, Peruvia
277_prospera_lg_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_collage_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_disc_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_peterhof_lg_small_best_fit
from Berroco #276, Geode & Jasper
276_gday_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_portrait_lg_small
from Berroco #276, Geode & Jasper
276_gypsum_lg_small
from Berroco #277, Peruvia
277_prue_lg_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 3
Ng3_ruskin_lg_small
from Knit.1, Spring/Summer 2008
2676469317_c55e2506c7_m
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Cables: Mit...
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from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2008
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from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 2
Ng2_flow_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 2
Ng2_ellis_op_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 2
Ng2_currer_lg_small
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