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 Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_ropewalk_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_halyard_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_tipperary_lg_small
from Berroco #346, Berroco Inca® Tweed
346_wicklow_lg_small
from Berroco #349, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Ch...
349_maison_delaunay_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_manila_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
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from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_mooring_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_sislana_lg_small
from Berroco
Fillet_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_flaherty_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
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from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_standing_lg_small
from Berroco #348, Berroco Cosma
348_dabotap_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_rigging_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_rappel_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_hoist_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_splice_lg_small
from Berroco #347, Berroco Andean Mist
347_millais_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 15
Ngv15_capstan_lg_small
from Berroco #350, Clouds
350_karale_lg_small
from Berroco #349, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Ch...
349_orpheus_lg_small
from Berroco #347, Berroco Andean Mist
347_burne_jones_lg_small
from Berroco #347, Berroco Andean Mist
347_woolner_lg_small
from Interweave Knits, Spring 2014
Gyre2_small_best_fit
from Berroco
Mona_lg_small
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_camber_0731_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_careen_0357_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_yaw_9871_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_arc-0107_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_shim_0780_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_azimuth_0887_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_chock_1146_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_axil_0449_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_divvy_5972_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_silver_0247_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_veer_0559_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_sprag_1189_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_quion_6178_small_best_fit
from Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 14
Ngv14_hacek_1045_small_best_fit
from Knitty, Winter 2013
Lempsterbeauty_small
from Fair Isle Style: 20 Fresh Designs for...
Fair_isle_style_-_mareel_shrug_beauty_shot_small_best_fit
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