Instructional Knitting Stitch Markers

BC_Cornerstone_Carosel_1400_400_instr1Our ever popular instructional stitch markers are back with a new colour way. The majority of our markers are available to fit 4mm, 7mm, 6mm including crochet clasp and with a crochet clasp. For right/side wrong side markers or garment marking, these are generally available with crochet clips to clip onto the knitted work to denote the side or neck, arm etc.

Why use them?

Instructional stitch markers are invaluable to assist with complex patterns as the instruction is printed on the marker itself. For intermediate knitters this can provide a little extra confidence on more complex patterns and for advanced knitters our Instructional knitting stitch markers can also be used for freehand knitting where no pattern is followed per se, although perhaps the rhythm of increases/decreases or lace work is necessary for a symmetric or asymmetric design.

What designs are available

Over the years we have added to our designs and have a great complement of instructionals. We welcome commission orders.

Choose from sets including:

  • ssk, k2tog, psso, m1, yo, ssp,
  • inc, dec,
  • back, front

and of course our right side/wrong side, start and left/right (for sock knitting) are our most popular designs.

Counting markers are also highly sought after, as they can aid with counting large numbers of stitches, especially when casting on. Additional markers can be purchased to count larger numbers of stitches, and when used on the needles, this technique can ensure that any dropped or added stitches can be readily identified once the knitting has been sectioned.

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Our latest designs are a great addition to our collection and we hope to have further designs released in the summer.

A day in the studio – Leaf stitch markers

February and March are always the busiest time of the year in the studio and it’s always at this time that my thoughts turn to the Wonderwool Wales show that is only 8 weeks away (22-23 April 2017). Preparation for this show (and all shows) begin some 3 months before the show with a long “to do list” that I dutiful review every week in my bullet journal, and often feel like I make little real progress on until the pressure begins around now (6-8 weeks before)! With over 2 pages of products to create, I probably should have started a few weeks ago, but hey, who doesn’t work well under pressure! Today’s post is about a day in the bead studio.

As you can see below it’s fairly time consuming to produce each batch of stitch markers, photograph the set and upload to the website.

Show Prep

This will be the 8th Wonderwool Wales that Atomic Knitting has exhibited at, and I feel that the stand together with the whole show has come a long way since those early days. For Atomic Knitting there are usually over 1500 products to get ready/create, package and price up ahead of the show, then all the loose beads, buttons and ‘special items’ that I produce just for the show. In between there’s the stand design to consider as well as the relevant marketing paraphernalia that needs to be ordered around 6 weeks before. This is all in parallel with running the website, writing newsletters, creating new products, making up wholesale orders, photography and social media to name just a few tasks.

I do love it all though and am thankful that I can spend the day in such a creative way.

A day in the life…Leaf Stitch Markers

Here’s how today turned out the studio.

9:00am  Coffee & BuJo

I usually start by making a list of what I want to achieve in the day, from creating new products to paying the bills, it all gets written down. I usually end up with about 5 or 6 things I want to accomplish, and I know I might only get 1 or 2 done today…the rest are there just in case!

9:15am  Gather

First on the list today was the creation of new beaded leaf stitch markers. Once ready to begin the first product, I start by gathering together the beads, findings and tools that I need. In this case, leaf beads in multiple colours, Swarovski Xillion crystals in all available colours, seed beads, findings, rings, clasps, ribbon, card and packaging. I’ve had the leaf beads in stock for a little while and last week had a new batch of Swarovski Xillion crystals arrived that were sparkling away on the desk, catching my eye.

9:30am  Design

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It took around an hour to make up one of each of the seven designs that have been released today. Each marker is made using a leaf bead, a Xillion Swarovski crystal and seed beads. There’s a variety of gold and silver plated designs, and the Make Your Mark service is available on all seven designs.

 

10.30am Nettle Tea Break & Email check

The email check reveals a couple of orders have come in to be processed and dispatched later today.

10.45am Make

Now the designs are finalised it’s time to create multiple versions of each one including Make Your Mark sets. Markers to fit 4mm, 7mm, crochet and removable markers are made up.

Each set is ribbon tied on card and packaged ready for immediate dispatch.

12.30pm Lunch

 1:15pm Photo

Meanwhile the dark rain clouds had rolled in, at the time I wanted to get the photography done. I usually prefer to use natural light where possible in the product photography and that just wasn’t going to work today, so out came the full studio lighting rig and after about an hour, the shots of the seven designs were ready to go on the website. The last of these designs are also packaged up.

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 1:45pm Upload

Once the photos are uploaded, they are cropped and tidied up ready for the website. The final uploads of each product are now available to purchase here (or at Wonderwool Wales!).

 2:30pm Orders & Post Office run

The orders received overnight and so far today are picked, packed and dispatched (this was quick today as all product ordered was available for immediate dispatch!). A quick run to the Post Office then back to the studio.

 3:45pm Tea & Teacake

Naughty, I know but it was soooo cold outside and I really fancied something with a cup of tea!

 4:00pm Website

Updates to the front page carousel with a new picture of the leaf stitch markers.

 4:30pm Blog

Time to start writing the blog, collating pictures and publishing! Narrowly finished at 6pm ready to publish later. A quick review of the BuJo (not much to tick off today!) then a tidy up, finally closing up the studio at 6.15pm.

Phew – that was a busy day! I’m really pleased with the Leaf Stitch Markers and I always enjoy making them. Now time to head home and publish this blog and flip a pancake or two.

Emma

Charity Donations

An update on our latest donation and total to Cancer Research UK. We have just donated £16 from recent sales of our exclusive mini crochet hooks, row counters and progress markers, bringing the total raised so far to £736!!

Buy our exclusive charity knitting gadgets here:

http://www.atomicknitting.co.uk/charity/

BCA-companion1-1A big thank you to everyone that has supported this project. There are still a few hooks available to purchase on the website and we have also added in several new products from jewel markers, to knitters companions, all of which we will make donations to Cancer Research UK from each sale.

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More info below…

Fundraising Page:

http://myprojects.cancerresearchuk.org/…/fu…/atomic-knitting

Studio Specials

Released today – our latest collection of studio specials. Yes, we’ve been having a tidy up and found quite a few one off pieces that we discount at checkout by 10%. There is only one of each of the needle holder designs that have been released today.  Available to fit 4mm or 5mm needles, simply slip over a pair of single point needles to keep them together and the knitting from falling off.

Here’s our favourite, despite being a gemstone, this little number reminds us of those chewy sweets…you know the ones!

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Progress Markers

Motivation can sometimes be hard to come by, especially on those larger projects that perhaps have a monotony of rows. Our progress markers can help you to see just how much (or how little) progress you have made in whatever time frame you select – hour, day, week, month etc. Just clip to your most recent knitted or crocheted stitches and watch the marker travel south* as you knit away!

* ok so this isn’t a magic progress marker

With a wide range of designs, there’s a progress markerfor every project and in our collection some of our best selling designs are featured.

Choose from a police box, seahorse, unicorn, turtle, bird, owl, Don’t Blink, and WIP sweater on the needles and more. Our progress markers can really help every project, from a toe up sock to a cardigan or blanket. Just clip and go!

Versatile
Progress markers can also be used to mark rows and specific stitches.

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Of course we love to see our markers in use on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so why not follow us and tag us in your images with our markers. You’ll find us under AtomicKnitting on Instagram and Twitter and AtomicKnitting1 on Facebook.

Progress Marker for Breast Cancer CharityAlso included is a special progress marker for breast cancer charity with 50p from every marker sold going to Cancer Research UK. With your help we’ve raised over £720 for Cancer Research and our fundraising page is here.

Prices range from £0.99 to £1.45 depending on the design.

Our unique designs are only available on our website.

10 Years of Atomic Knitting celebrations

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This year we are celebrating 10 years of Atomic Knitting and each month we have some special offers on the website together with a lot of behind the scenes projects, one of which was to revamp the website. We’ve still got a few little bits to tidy up (it’s always an ongoing project!) however, the new look website is up and running and we hope you like our new look!

This month we are celebrating our Mini Crochet Hooks and Progress Markersby combining them as a special set. Our mini crochet hooks were first available in 2010, launching at Wonderwool Wales that year. Since launching we have sold many sets including a special edition that so far has raised over £720 for Breast Cancer Research UK.

Our favourite theme of food is behind this set and our special sets of a Donut mini crochet hook and Gingerbread person Progress Markers are available for £7, with 10% off at checkout until 18th May. If this set isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty of other mini crochet hooks to choose from.

Portuguese Knitting Pins

Portuguese knitting style uses pins or brooches to help guide the yarn to the needles and uses a different way of knitting to the classic Continental or English styles of knitting. This type of knitting is also known as Turkish, Bosnian, Peruvian or Andean Knitting.

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To use this style, a Portuguese knitting pin is needed to guide the yarn by clipping the pin to your shoulder, feeding the yarn through the hooked end. Knitting in this style has several benefits, not least it can help if you suffer from arthritis in the hands and/or carpal tunnel by limiting the movements that your hands make whilst knitting. It can help with colourwork using several strands of yarn and also with evening out yarn tension.

Our unique designs are only available on our website

Mini Crochet Hook / Stitch Saver

What is a Mini Crochet Hook?
mini crochet hook or stitch saver is a small crochet hook that clips to your knitting bag, knitting, handbag etc so that it’s on hand to help out whenever stitches are accidentally dropped whilst knitting.

Designed to save time and effort 
No more searching for a crochet hook at the bottom of your knitting bag or trying to pick up stitches with a needle or your fingers.

How Do I Use One
Clip it to your knitting bag and use it to hook up dropped stitches to place them back on the needle.

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About Us
Our range of mini crochet hooks are designed by Atomic Knitting and made in our studio near Cardiff. We’ve been creating them since 2009 and they are one of our worldwide best sellers. We offer a range of sizes and sweet charms with new designs recently added. Please note that due to demand, the colour of hook may vary to those pictured.

Knitting & Crochet project bags from Seren Stitchery

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Fun project bags by Seren Stitchery

Just arrived at Atomic Knitting, an exclusive selection of project bags for knitting and crochet. From notions cases to jumbo project bags, we have nearly every project covered!

Seren Stitchery was setup up by two friends who had known each other for many years and have a shared passion for all things fabric, sewing and of course Welsh! We are very pleased to be able to bring you their latest collection, exclusively available at Atomic Knitting.

Boxy bags £11.99

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Dogs print box bag

A pretty fabric knitting/crochet bag in a box style design. The cotton bag is lined on the inside with a mutlicoloured heart fabric and is finished with a zip.

The bag is large enough to fit approx 2-3 balls of yarn in, or a medium sized project and will stand up as it has a flat base design.

Japanese Knot bags £12

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Japanese Knot Bag for knitting and crochet craft

A gorgeous asymmetric Japanese knot bag style knitting or crochet bag.

Simply loop the large handle through the small handle to create one handle that you can loop onto your wrist and knit as you go. Ideal for travelling via car, train, bus etc or even at a knit and natter group, as your yarn stays safely in the bag whilst you knit/crochet.

This is a one off design, made for us by Seren Stitchery here in Wales.

Lined with cotton printed material that matches the butterfly applique on the front of the bag.

Large drawstring bag with external pockets £12.99

Large drawstring bag

Large drawstring bag

Lovely large drawstring project bag with 4 external pockets for all those notions, pinwheels, tape measures etc. The bag is made from cotton fabric and lined with patterned cotton fabric. The braided cotton drawstrings pull from either side, ensuring your bag is stable and is finished with fabric tabs. The base has a flat fold design.

The bag is large enough to fit 5-6 balls of yarn in, or a medium sized project and will stand up as it has a reinforced flat base design.

 Notions case £4.99

Knitting Notions case

Knitting Notions case

This useful little zipped bag is just the right size to store all those knitting and crochet notions, to stop them rolling around at the bottom of your knitting bag. Lined with a spotty cotton fabric, and pretty brightly coloured zip, this is one of our favourite designs. You could fit a fair bit in here including a typical length crochet hook.

If you’re not looking to use this for knitting/crochet then this case could also be used to store makeup, pens, pencils etc.

Drawstring Project Bag £9.99

Drawstring project bag

Drawstring project bag

A very handy drawstring project bag suitable for all a single small project eg socks or gloves. The cotton bag is lined on the inside with a spotty fabric and the drawstring is finished with fabric tabs.

The bag is large enough to fit approx 2 balls of yarn in, or a small sized project and will stand up as it has a reinforced flat base design.

 Needle Rolls- from £9.99

Knitting Needle/Crochet roll

Knitting Needle/Crochet roll

A pretty hand made knitting needle roll with many pockets for single point knitting needles and/or crochet hooks. You could fit a good range of knitting needles and hooks in here to store safely, or to carry around. This gives lots of space for varied sizes of dpns and hooks.

It is made from material with a soft cotton lining and carefully interfaced to produce a quality needle roll. The roll folds over at the top to protect the needles and keep them from falling out of your case. The needle case can be rolled up and closes with a ribbon.

Needle Rolls- from £19.99

Large vintage style Tiffany drawstring bag

Large vintage style Tiffany drawstring bag

A unique designed fabric knitting bag with an unusual quirky modern design and vintage style fabric. The cotton bag is lined on the inside with the same fabric and the drawstring is finished with fabric tabs.

The bag is large enough to fit approx 3-4 balls of yarn in, or a medium sized project and will stand up as it has a reinforced flat base design. It would also make a lovely makeup bag.

Seal stitch markers

Last few animal stitch markers – so cute!

Years ago, and I mean some considerable years, I managed to source some lovely good quality resin animal charms. They were very popular and after a very short while my supplier sold out, never to replace them. Such a shame!

As part of a big clearout that we are having in the bead studio, I came across the last few of these charms. This cute seal is now available in the shop and has 10% off at checkout.

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