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 Knitter's Magazine 50, Spring 1998
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from Knitter's Magazine 50, Spring 1998
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from Knitter's Magazine 52, Fall 1998
from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 1998
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1998
from Knitter's Magazine 52, Fall 1998
from Unger Vol. 1504, Legacy
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1998
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from Vogue Knitting, Winter 1997/98
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1997: 15th Anniv...
from Jackets for Work and Play: The Best o...
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1997: 15th Anniv...
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from Vogue Knitting American Collection
from Knitter's Magazine 46, Spring 1997
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1997: 15th Anniv...
from Knitting Beautiful Classics
from Reynolds 82024 The Townshend Harbor C...
from Knitter's Magazine 46, Spring 1997
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from Artful Yarns #92015, Jazz
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 1996/97
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 1996/97
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1996
from Tweed: More Than 20 Contemporary Desi...
from Reynolds 703 Breeze
from Family Circle Easy Knitting, Winter 1...
from Knitting in America
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from Vogue Knitting, Winter 1995/96
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 1995/96
from Knitting the New Classics
from Artful Yarns #92147, Candy
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1994
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from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 1993
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from Classic Elite #442, The Journey to Ra...
from The Designer Collection (for Bears)
from Rowan California Cotton leaflet
from Reynolds 479 Alpaca Regal
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1992
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1992
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from Classic Elite #392
from Vogue Knitting Free Patterns Website
from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 1987
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 1992/93
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from Workbasket Magazine, Vol. 57, No. 1, ...
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from Vogue Knitting, Fall 1991
from Knitter's Magazine 24, Fall 1991
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from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 1991
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from Classic Elite #372
from Classic Elite #372
from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 1991