From the desk of…Tabetha Hedrick


Welcome to our new “From the desk of…” series – this month, we will be featuring a handful of designers from our new fall pattern collection, Burnished. We’ll get a tiny glimpse into their world of knitting pattern design, learn about their process and techniques.First up is the talented Tabetha Hedrick!


design inspiration: Roe Cardigan was definitely inspired by a particular cable stitch pattern that I came across in my research. I knew it needed to be a major feature, without being overwhelming. I love the result: a silhouette that highlights the cables from every angle, while remaining super comfy and relaxed.

must-have workspace tools: Pens!!! I am quite obsessed with them and buy them in numerous colors, widths, and textures. They are used for notes, drawing, color-coding, and anything else I can think of regardless of what I am working on.

absolute favorite fiber: Gosh, this is a hard one … I love Merino with a hint of silk or cashmere, but my rebel side is drawn to the luscious, yet rarely used fibers such as Corriedale and Bluefaced Leicester.

current color crush: I’m usually all about the deep purples and indigos, but right now, I’m a little obsessed with the neutral grays.

top down or bottom up: A lady never tells … haha! Ok, seriously, for socks, I vote for top down all the way, but I love bottom up, seamed sweaters the most.

Roe Cardigan Knitting Pattern Sketch

Tabetha’s original sketch for the Roe Cardigan

Tabetha Hedrick, a freelance knitwear designer and writer raising a family in Colorado, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fiber!


When not writing tutorials, photographing yarn, or teaching, she’s busy designing knitwear. Her work has been published in numerous digital and print magazines, books, and yarn company pattern collections, including Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Interweave, Knitscene, Classic Elite Yarns, Kollage Yarns, and Knit Picks. These days, you’ll find Tabetha working as Contributing Editor for Creative Knitting magazine and Editor of the Creative Knitting Online Newsletter. Tabetha’s indie patterns and portfolio, blog, and teaching schedule can be found on her website,

You can find Tabetha’s design here:

Roe Cardigan
Tabetha’s IDP patterns

And you can find the collection here:

Burnished: 2014 Fall Collection printed book
Burnished: 2014 Fall Collection ebook


  1. gWagner / September 23, 2014

    Figured it out! It is looking so cute!….Thanks for your designs they are so fun to create! gWagner

  2. gWagner / September 23, 2014

    Dear Tabetha,

    Love your book Woodland Caps to Knit…however I am having trouble with #11 Fairy House. The pattern instructs a color B to be added and just a few stitches in that color B to be done around the hat. Do I just let the long string hang in the back? Also, when the pattern instructions read “K1 P1 in B” (Begin roof and shape the crown) my color B thread is out in the front of the work with no place to go…what do I do with it?

    Do you have a tutorial on this, or a more detailed explanation?

    I know you are most likely a very busy lady, but I hope you can help. I am making this for my Granddaughter for her birthday.


    glinda Wagner

  3. Mary C Silvestri / August 8, 2014

    Beautiful patterns!!!

  4. jane e hazen / August 7, 2014

    Thank you for this interview. I look forward to more. I know it takes time and resources, but it is wonderful and inspiring to see and get to know the people behind the designs.
    Thanks again, keep up the good works.