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Brenda Castiel


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


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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Bowtie Tank – Coralia Version

The Bowtie Tank from the August 2014 issue gets a new summer update with the Coralia version! Featuring knitted-in bows at the shoulders, a scoop neck, and a yoke with a softly gathered “skirt” below, this version is a winner for sure.

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Winter Weekend Socks

Cozy wool socks are made for lazy weekends, when you just want to relax and chill. In warm worsted weight wool, with a touch of cashmere, these comfy socks feature cables down the sides for a bit of style. The ribbed cuffs, heels and toes are in a contrast color. She won’t want to take them off!

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Celesta Crescent Shawl

The Celesta, a new instrument that Russian composer Tchaikovsky discovered in Paris, was famously used in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Inspired by the “heavenly sweet” sound made from this instrument — words Tchaikovsky used to describe it — this crescent-shaped shawl is easy to wear and lays nicely without a shawl pin.

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Richmond Graphic Blanket

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

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

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

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

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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