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 82073 Lopi & Lite-Lopi
from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2001
from Vogue Knitting International Fall 2001
from Reynolds 82073 Lopi & Lite-Lopi
from Reynolds 82086 Signature
from Reynolds 82086 Signature
from Reynolds 82086 Signature
from Reynolds 82086 Signature
from Artful Yarns #92017
from Artful Yarns #92017
from Reynolds 82073 Lopi & Lite-Lopi
from Knitter's Magazine 61, Winter 2000
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 2000/01
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2000
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from Ístex Lopi No. 20
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from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Scarves
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from Interweave Knits, Summer 2000
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from Knitter's Magazine 59, Summer 2000
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from Reynolds 82024 The Townshend Harbor C...
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from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Caps & Hats
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from Knitter's Magazine 56, Fall 1999
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from Knitter's Magazine 55, Summer 1999
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from Interweave Knits, Summer 1998
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from Knitter's Magazine 50, Spring 1998
from Knitter's Magazine 50, Spring 1998
from Knitter's Magazine 52, Fall 1998
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from Knitter's Magazine 52, Fall 1998
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from Unger Vol. 1504, Legacy
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1998
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