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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original designs

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from Vogue Knitting, Early Fall 2016
Vkef16_chullo_hat_1089_small_best_fit
from Brooklyn Tweed Ganseys
Larus_01_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 16
Intersect_01_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 16
Riptide_01_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 16
Breaker_01_small_best_fit
from BT Fall 15
Bannock_1_small_best_fit
from BT Fall 15
Willamette_1_small_best_fit
from Creative Knitting, Winter 2015
M11216_berkshire_300_small_best_fit
from Creative Knitting, Winter 2015
M11216_botanical_300_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
Tfc_skyscraper-1780_small_best_fit
from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
Img_0065_small
from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
Img_0122_small
from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.
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from BT Men Volume 2
Denali_01_small_best_fit
from BT Men Volume 2
Jackdaw_1_small_best_fit
from BT Men Volume 2
Snare_1_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 15
Chainlink_1_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 15
Nomad_1_small_best_fit
from BT Winter 15
Marshal_1_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_gavarnie_lg_small
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2015
Five_points_shawl_gaughan_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_marbore_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_burkina_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_queen-maud_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_peacehaven_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_calpe_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_togo_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_greenland-sea_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_lake-volta_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_el-berger_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_tunstall_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16
Ngv16_stidia_lg_small
from Vogue Knitting, Winter 2014/15
24vkw14_plaid_01_small_best_fit
from Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2014
Vkh14_wine_02_small_best_fit
from Vogue Knitting, Fall 2014
Vkf14_cables_03_small_best_fit
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