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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from Reynolds 82172 Blossom
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from Interweave Knits, Summer 2003
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from Reynolds 82192 Fusion
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from Artful Yarns #92081, Portrait
from Artful Yarns #92090 Legend
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from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Holiday ...
from Interweave Knits, Winter 2002/2003
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from Knitter's Magazine 69, Winter 2002
from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Kids Knits
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from Guy Knits: The Best of Knitter's Maga...
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from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Winter 2002
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from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks Two
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from Vogue Knitting American Collection
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from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Vests
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from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2002
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from Interweave Knits, Spring 2002
from Interweave Knits, Summer 2002
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2002
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from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks
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from Artful Yarns #92051, Cartoon
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from Vogue Knitting, Special 2002 - Men's ...
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from Reynolds 82103 Mandalay
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from Reynolds 82103 Mandalay
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from Vogue Knitting, Winter 2002/03
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from Artful Yarns #92050
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from Vogue Knitting: Quick Knits
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from Artful Yarns #92020, Dance
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from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Mittens & G...
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from Interweave Knits, Fall 2002
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from Interweave Knits, Fall 2002
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from The Best of Lopi
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from Reynolds 82122 Lopi
from Interweave Knits, Fall 2002
from Artful Yarns #92045
from Artful Yarns #92045
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from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Toddler Knits
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from Interweave Knits, Winter 2001/2002
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from Knitter's Magazine 64, Fall 2001
from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Fall 2001
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2001
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from Interweave Knits, Fall 2001
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from Reynolds 82214 Lopi
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from Interweave Knits, Summer 2001
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from Interweave Knits, Winter 2001/2002
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from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Spring/S...
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from Reynolds 82085 Signature, Baby Assort...
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