Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New ample patterns: Norah Gaughan Collection Volume 8

Perhaps our eternal call for larger sizing is finally being heard by the knitting industry. Today I'll share a new pattern collection offered in plus sizes. I've got several other new ample designs to tell you about over the coming days, too.

I'm delighted with Norah Gaughan's latest book of spring and summer garments. Named appropriately Norah Gaughan Collection Volume 8, this offering serves up some real beauties. My personal favorite: the cover design, Schwaan, with a finished bust size of 58 inches. Made double-stranded with Berroco's new DK cotton and linen blend, Linsey, this quick-to-knit pullover is near the top of my queue.

Norah's new book offers several transitional cardigans such as the lacey Nidden, also knitted in Linsey. Nidden's largest finished size is almost 60 inches and features a stunning lace design across the back.

Another gorgeous cardigan: the Peterborough. I wouldn't be wearing it with a chunky belt, but that's because I'm chunky! But I can definitely see myself wearing this unusual, lace-adorned sweater. The sweater's largest finished bust size is 54 inches with a finished hip size of 62 inches, but this design sports lots of waist shaping, too.

I love Ongonquit, a simple cabled cardigan, which comes in a finished 54-inch bust and 58-inch hips. The sloping cable design, both unique and beauteous, makes a great laying piece for warmer spring days and cool summer nights.

The new Norah Gaughan collection offers two linen/cotton scarves, a couple of cabled pullovers, and some other patterns, too. I bought my copy the minute I saw it on Ravelry. Thank you, Norah, for giving the larger among us some lovely things to knit this spring.

More new ample patterns coming later this week... stay tuned! 


  1. I can see myself knitting up the Ogonquit in the stash of Blue Moon Solsctice I have..with a 3/4 sleeve. I will keep that for springtime knitting suggestions!
    Thanks for the post today!

  2. Funny that you mentioned Solstice for the Ogonquit... I was thinking the same thing. It may be too bulky for this sweater, but I'd love to give a try.

  3. Those are some nice lacy sweaters.
    I need to get out and look at some of the plus-sized books and get another project going.
    Can't wait to see what else you've found.