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, Spring/Summer 2005
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2005
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2005
from Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional...
from Knitscene, Fall/Winter 2005
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 2004/05
from Interweave Knits, Winter 2005
from Wrap Style: Innovative to Traditional...
from Knitscene, Fall/Winter 2005
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2005
from Goddess Yarns
from Knit It! Magazine, Spring 2005
from Berroco #245, Kids Touché, Cotton Twi...
from Interweave Crochet, Fall 2004
from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004
from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004
from Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2004
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from Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditiona...
from Interweave Knits, Summer 2004
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2004
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Baby Blanke...
from Interweave Knits, Fall 2004
from Cast On, Fall 2004
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2004
from Needlework Unlimited
from Reynolds 82235 Saucy Sport
from Family Circle Easy
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Crocheted S...
from Reynolds 82097 Signature Baby Set
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from Family Circle Easy
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from Artful Yarns #92097, Cinema
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from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Winter 2...
from Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2003
from Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects ...
from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Holiday ...
from Vogue Knitting Online Store
from Interweave Knits, Fall 2003
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2003
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Weekend Knits
from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Spring/S...
from Knitter's Magazine 70, Spring 2003
from Berroco #228, Sweater Girls
from Interweave Knits, Winter 2003
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2003
from Knitter's Magazine 73, Winter 2003
from Artful Yarns #92066, Fable
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Caps & Hats...