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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

Norah’s Knits: Wearable Stripes

When it comes to wearing stripes, people often have strong opinions. I’ve ventured into this territory before and been met with mixed results. Still, I believe in Rayures, the horizontal striped piece I designed in Ultra Alpaca a few years back.  Perhaps it was a bold move to photograph it on a bust size 14 model, but that was the point.  I wanted to design a striped sweater that I could wear too. Read more

Norah’s Knits: Modern Lace Knitting

I love the simple, modern, almost stark lace I have been seeing in fashion lately. Simple  and bold openwork patterns not only suit my sensibilities, they are much easier to knit than more ornate lace knitting stitches. Read more

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