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What Inspires: Variations on a Theme

Sometimes the best inspiration is one’s own past work. I had to get over the feeling that it’s cheating, because a good idea is worth further exploration.  It’s really exciting for me when I think of different ways to use an idea. Read more

What Inspires: Retro Fashion

I’ve always loved perusing books about the history of clothing. Even if I’ve looked through the same book a hundred times, it seems like there’s always something new to see.  After all, I’m looking with a different context every time. Read more

Norah’s Knits: Top-Down Knitting (or Never Say Never)

Over the years I’ve designed a lot of  sweaters with seams and I can still think of a slew of reasons to like pieced and seamed knitting, but that’s not where this discussion is heading. Read more

Get to Know Berroco: Our Designers

Norah Gaughan is probably the first name that pops into your head when you think of Berroco‘s design team. And why not? Norah’s fabulous. But it’s her collaboration with our other designers, that keeps Berroco patterns fresh season after season. Read more

What Inspires: Runway Fashions

While we are not slaves to fashion, the Berroco Design team likes to be in touch with what’s happening on the runway – to see new silhouettes, proportions and details, like necklines. I’ve taken some screen shots on two of my favorite fashion sites to illustrate what kinds of ideas we are looking at and the ideas we might be gleaning from them.

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Fall/Winter 2013 Preview

Can you believe it’s almost time for a new season of Berroco patterns? That means eight new booklets with more than 70 beautiful patterns! We’ll be sharing our full collection for Fall/Winter ’13 in just a few weeks! But really, who can wait that long?  Read more

What inspires: Shapes from Nature – Hexagons

It feels like ages since I wrote Knitting Nature, but the process of writing it left an indelible influence on my work. Spirals, fractals and other shapes in nature provided great fodder for designs in my book and still rattle around in my head, but it’s polygons, especially hexagons, that have become a permanent part of my design vocabulary. Read more

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