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 Interweave Knits, Summer 2003
from Reynolds 82172 Blossom
from Interweave Knits, Summer 2003
from Reynolds 82192 Fusion
from Artful Yarns #92081, Portrait
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from Artful Yarns #92090 Legend
from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Holiday ...
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from Interweave Knits, Winter 2002/2003
from Knitter's Magazine 69, Winter 2002
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from Guy Knits: The Best of Knitter's Maga...
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Kids Knits
from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Winter 2002
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks Two
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from Vogue Knitting, Special 2002 - Men's ...
from Vogue Knitting American Collection
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Vests
from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2002
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2002
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from Interweave Knits, Summer 2002
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2002
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks
from Vogue Knitting, Special 2002 - Men's ...
from Reynolds 82103 Mandalay
from Reynolds 82103 Mandalay
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 2002/03
from Vogue Knitting: Quick Knits
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from Artful Yarns #92050
from Interweave Knits, Fall 2002
from Artful Yarns #92020
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Mittens & G...
from Interweave Knits, Fall 2002
from Interweave Knits, Fall 2002
from The Best of Lopi
from Artful Yarns #92045
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from Reynolds 82122 Lopi
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from Interweave Knits, Fall 2002
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from Artful Yarns #92045
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from Artful Yarns #92050
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from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Toddler Knits
from Interweave Knits, Winter 2001/2002
from Knitter's Magazine 64, Fall 2001
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from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Fall 2001
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2001
from Interweave Knits, Fall 2001
from Reynolds 82214 Lopi
from Interweave Knits, Summer 2001
from Interweave Knits, Winter 2001/2002
from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Spring/S...
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2001
from Reynolds 82085 Signature, Baby Assort...