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Brenda Castiel


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Brenda Castiel has been knitting on and off since she was in her teens but became somewhat obsessed with it in 2007. She loves squishy wools for the short, mild Los Angeles winters, and likes cottons and blends for the rest of the year. Brenda firmly believes that even beginner knitters can create something beautiful and useful, so she strives to keep patterns simple yet original.

See http:www.ravelry.com/designers/brenda-castiel for additional designs.

You are invited to join her Ravelry Group at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/brenda-castiel-designs for contests, knit-a-longs, and fun.

Sign up for the monthly newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bDe6Tf  and receive a free pattern as a thank-you.

She blogs about knitting and life at: http:knitandtravelandsuch.blogspot.com.  Check out this link for tips and tricks for working with doubled yarn. http://knitandtravelandsuch.blogspot.com/2016/01/todays-tip-double-your-yarn-double-your.html

Instagram: @bcastiel

Twitter: @brendacastiel

She has sold her designs to Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Creative Knitting, Classic Elite Yarns, Knit Picks, Knit Now, I Love Knitting, The Sanguine Gryphon, and Three Irish Girls Yarns.

Projects by Brenda Castiel


Color POP Scarf

The classic houndstooth pattern gets an update with a pop of color in this modern scarf. Two options are provided: knit it in a tube in the round so all the floats are hidden, or knit it flat and add a sweet lining to cover the back side. Either way you’ll have a lovely piece, for yourself or for gift giving.

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Namaste Knit Yoga Socks

Show off your favorite self-striping yarn with these quick-to-knit socks. These cute socks have bare heels and toes and are designed to be worn for yoga, Pilates or dancing. Ribbing along the sides gives them a nice smooth fit and they’re light enough to be worn all year round. These make the perfect gift for all the yoga lovers in your life!

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Namaste Knit Swatch

Practice makes perfect in yoga AND knitting! Master this swatch and you’ll be well on your way to knitting your own Namaste socks and beyond.

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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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English Countryside Pillow

This pillow will fit every décor – just customize your colors! It uses an easy stylized version of a traditional argyle stitch as an accent. An applied i-cord is used to neatly finish off the edges, and the whole thing is closed with two decorative buttons.

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Midwest Magnificence Colorwork Cowl

This cowl, perfect for the cold Midwestern weather, is covered with fun, colorful non-traditional fair isle designs, such as checkerboards, diamonds and chevron stripes. Based off of the classic Southwestern Splendor Colorwork Cowl, this project is worked in the round with deep, ribbed borders in a 2×2 rib. It can easily be made longer by casting on more stitches and the changing patterns and colors give the knitter enough of a challenge to keep it interesting.

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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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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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Bowtie Tank

This sweet little tank features knitted-in bows at the shoulders, a scoop neck, and a yoke with a softly gathered “skirt” below. The skirt is edged with a touch of feminine lace that creates a scalloped edge and feature little eyelets along the lower third of the a-line skirt for a fresh delicate look.

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