Book Review: 40 Timeless Designs by Norah Gaughan

I was so fortunate to receive 40 Timeless Designs by Norah Gaughan to review.  This gorgeous book published by Six & Spring Books features intricate cablework, colorwork, texture, lace, simple, classic and yes, timeless designs.  

Over the years Norah has been known as the “cable queen” and rightly so as her cable designs are truly innovative and unique.  To me personally, she has taken cable work to a whole new level and mindset, which is shown in many of her gorgeous creations.  From her first design published in 1987 by Vogue Knitting, a classic cable vest, to her most recent designs for Brooklyn Tweed, Norghan truly is one of the “brightest stars” when it comes to knitwear.

From the Publisher:  Over the past 30 years, Norah Gaughan has contributed an astounding 120+ patterns to the iconic Vogue Knitting magazine. From inspired textures to spellbinding cables to innovative constructions, she has created a legacy that will last for generations. To honor her achievements and contributions in knitwear, 40 of her patterns from Vogue Knitting magazine have been gathered into a single volume. From a timeless cabled vest, her first Vogue Knitting piece published in 1987, to a striking Fair Isle pullover from 2018, each garment will dazzle knitters. Fun and engaging to create, these patterns and their construction will broaden a knitter’s understanding of what knitwear can be.

If you are curious about what designs are included in this collection, please click here to see the full listing.  A few of my favorites mentioned on my video review include:

Full Tweed Ahead – wide diagonal cables with twisted stitch lines.  Size ranges from medium to extra large in a kimono style design.

Courtesy of SoHo Publishing

Guernsy Pullover – Tradional Guernsey textures and mitered knitting is combined to form the beautiful rounded yoke with raglan style sleeves.  Sizes range from small to large, with positive ease.

Courtesy of SoHo Publishing
Cabled Counterpane – A beautiful yet simple motif repeated four times in the round with the addition of cables. This design is created in six sections and then sewed together. Sizes range from small to large, with the finished garment being more fitted.

Courtesy of SoHo Publishing
If you haven’t seen this book yet, it is on the shelves at your local Barnes & Nobles, as well as a few of the local yarn shops.  It truly is a gorgeous collection of designs that will not disappoint.

Until next time ~ be creative!

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