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.

original designs  

from Vogue Knitting, Winter 2007/08
from Knitscene, Winter 2007/Spring 2008
from Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2007
from The Knitter's Book of Yarn
from Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2007
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2006
from Bag Style: 22 Inspirational Handbags,...
from Berroco
from Knitter's Magazine 88, Fall 2007
from Knitter's Magazine 88, Fall 2007
from Interweave Knits, Fall 2007
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Knit Simple Magazine, Fall 2007
from Berroco
from Berroco
from Berroco
from Berroco
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Interweave Online Store
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Knitscene, Fall 2007
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2007
from Lace Style: Traditional to Innovative...
from Knitscene, Spring 2007
from Knitter's Magazine 86, Spring 2007
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Interweave Knits, Summer 2007
from KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Kn...
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2007
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 1
from The Natural Knitter
from Knit Simple Magazine, Spring/Summer 2007
from Berroco #264, Peruvia