Brenda Castiel


Brenda Castiel

Brenda has been knitting on and off since her teens, but became somewhat obsessed with it in 2007. She loves squishy wools for the short, mild Los Angeles winters, and likes light-weight wools, cottons and blends for the rest of the year. Brenda really believe that even beginner knitters can create something beautiful and useful, so she strive to keep patterns simple yet original. You can find Brenda on Ravelry as “Goodstuff”, and view her blog about knitting and life here.

She's sold designs to Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knit Picks, Yarn magazine, Knit Now magazine, Classic Elite Yarns, and Three Irish Girls Yarns, and has been published in several books.

Brenda produce a monthly newsletter with knitting tips, reviews, and giveaways on her blog. Recently, she started her own Ravelry Group, Brenda Castiel Designs.

Follow Brenda as BCastiel on Instagram, and BrendaCastiel on Twitter.

Projects by Brenda Castiel


Richmond Graphic Blanket

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The blanket is comprised of four rectangles, each bisected into a black and a white triangle, created by a simple intarsia technique. Using increases and decreases along the diagonal, you get a nice smooth line at the color change. The blanket is worked in two pieces for ease of handling, and these are sewn together at the end. It’s knit in a cozy bulky weight yarn for the maximum in warmth.

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Forever Diamonds Legwarmers

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These sporty legwarmers are great for running in frigid weather and for warming up after your run. They feature easy knit and purl textured stitches and a pop of color at the edges. They are worked in the round with an edging that incorporates ribbing and smoothly transitions into the pattern on the body of the piece. Knit in a cozy worsted weight for the maximum in warmth.

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Forever Diamonds Series: Forever Diamonds Hat

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This hat features easy knit and purl textured stitches and a pop of color at the edges. The hat can be made beanie style or slouchy, and it sports an optional pom-pom for fun. The hat is worked in the round with a cast on that blends into the pattern on the body of the item.

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Forever Diamonds Cowl

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This appealing cowl features easy knit and purl textured stitches and a pop of color at the edges. It is worked in the round with an edging that blends into the pattern on the body of the item. Knit in a sport weight, this cowl is perfect for chilly weather.

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Southwestern Splendor Cowl

Southwestern Splendor Cowl

This cowl is perfect for the cold weather. It’s covered with colorful, non-traditional Fair Isle designs such as checkerboards, diamonds and chevron stripes. The changing patterns and colors will give any knitter enough of a challenge to keep it interesting.

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You Knit; You Learn

I taught myself to knit as a teenager, and having no one around me to show me the ropes meant I had to figure things out for myself. There are a few things I’ve learned along the way that I wish I had known earlier since they would have saved me a lot of time

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Houndstooth Boulevard Bag

Houndstooth Boulevard Bag

This stylish bag showcases a classic houndstooth check with a pop of color and features an oversized decorative button. While red is a traditional accent, think about using lime green or bright acid yellow for a new twist.

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Coral Sands Shawl

Coral Sands Shawl

This cozy, wearable, V-shaped wrap is the perfect shape for wrapping around yourself and is easier than crescents or half-circle shapes. The design starts with a lace edging for the lower and side edges and then decreases are used to create the angles that make the shape. Lacy stripes of different textures will show off a pretty yarn.

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Ocean Spray Shawl

Ocean Spray Shawl

Ocean Spray is a long triangular shawlette or scarf that is just the right length to wrap around the neck once. Garter stitch is knit to a looser gauge to create a soft cushy fabric that drapes nicely, and the lacy edge provides interest and charm. This shawlette is perfect to wear underneath a coat or as an accent piece in warmer weather.

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Sandy Skies Shawl

Sandy Skies Shawl

This crescent-shaped shawl has a great shape that’s easy to wear as it stays on without a shawl pin. it can work as a scarf and be draped in many different ways.

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