I haven't heard from Jim in a long time, and I'm keeping this LEGACY software available until everyone has forgone 32 bit systems. So please be warned, you cannot run this in Windows 7 or 8. If anyone makes a free app or software to replace it please email it so I can replace this with yours. (If not free, I'll still advertise or sell after I test it myself.)
This clever freeware program allows you to convert hand knit patterns, or other machine knit patterns.
File Updated 17 Jan 2011
First things first. This little program/application took the most part of two midnight oil
burning sessions. This program/application is a 'stand-alone' creation. That is: It makes no changes, new entries or deletions to your registry or any other operating system file. It can be stored (and opened) on any storage media you use on your computer (Hard Drive, Disk, Flash media; etc.). To run it all you have to do is open it.
It was written, and compiled, using Borland's Delphi version 2.0. It will run
on an IBM compatible PC running Microsoft Windows 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, ME, XP, VISTA, and WIN-7 (32-bit version), - I haven't checked it on a 64-bit operating system; so it may, or may not, run under a 64-bit operating system.
This program/application is basically a sophisticated mathematical conversion program. It frees you from having to look up formulas and punching them into a calculator. The formulas used have been tried and trued for many years. This program/application has been in use for over 10 years; and, to date, no one has reported a mathematical error.
Please be aware of its limitations (it will not knit a garment for you), and it's lack of sophistication...Above all. HAVE FUN.
Sorry, it doesn't do DOS or MAC.
THE LEGAL STUFF:
This program is Freeware and may be distributed freely, as long as this legal notice is distributed with it. The author retains the copyright to this program,
and the copyright notices encoded within the program may not be changed or altered in any way.
There is no guarantee whatsoever given with this program, and the author is not responsible for any damage (either real or imagined) done to any computer,
its operating system, its files or any hardware connected to, or associated with, said computer.
Copy KnitComp.exe and KnitComp.txt to your desktop or any other folder you choose. If you copy it to a folder other than your desktop you can create a shortcut on your desktop by right clicking your mouse on the file and choosing "create shortcut" from the dropdown menu.
Just delete the KnitComp.exe file. That's it! No changes to your operating system was made and therefore there are no changes to undo.
To run the program, double click (or whatever your Window's operating system requires to run a program) on the knitcomp.exe file.
The title page will appear on your screen. To continue into the program, select the measurement (inches or centimeters) that you want to work with. This brings up the data input page.
Chose your desired measurements in Inches or Centimeters by selecting the appropriate box
MAKING ENTRIES IN INCHES:
If you want to enter a decimal fraction it must be in decimal format, i.e., enter '3.5' NOT '3-1/2'.
Entry examples (where "X" indicates the whole number):
The program was written to give readouts in mixed numbers which is easier to read for most folks. The readout will be in the format of '3-1/2'.
MAKING ENTRIES IN CENTIMETERS:
These entries are made in the same manner as inches; however, the readouts will also be in decimal fractions and not mixed numbers; i.e.; 3.5.
The program page is broken down into three data entry/calculation areas.
1. PATTERN GAUGE:
Information concerning the pattern that you want to convert to your gauge is entered here. This area contains four entry boxes, and a REFRESH button.
a. STITCHES: Enter the number of stitches given in the pattern gauge.
b. INCHES or CENTIMETERS: This box has a default of 4 if no entry is made and you have selected to work in inches. It has a default value of 10 if
you selected to work in centimeters. You can change it to another number. Normally you would put in the number of inches stated in the pattern stitch
c. ROWS: Enter the number of rows (if given) in the pattern gauge.
Because most hand knit patterns use inches of knitting instead of rows, an entry in this box is not necessary. You should leave it blank unless you know the
number of rows in the pattern gauge.
d. Another INCHES or CENTIMETERS box. Both these boxes are identical. Put the number of inches given for the row gauge in the pattern. If
you have left the ROWS box empty, then leave this one empty also.
e. REFRESH BUTTON: Click on this button each, and every, time you make a change in any of the Pattern Gauge entry boxes. This is necessary
for the proper operation of the program. THE PROGRAM DOES NOT MAKE AUTOMATIC CALCULATIONS ON DATA ENTRY. YOU MUST CLICK ON
THE ENTER BUTTONS WHENEVER YOU UPDATE THE ENTRY DATA.
2. SWATCH GAUGE:
This is your swatch gauge data entry boxes. All calculations in the program use this information. So, for the proper operation of the program, you MUST enter
stitch and row information in these boxes. (The Inches boxes have a default of 4, and the Centimeters boxes have a default of 10) but you can enter any number
you choose. If you are designing your own pattern from body measurements, this is the area to complete first. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE REFRESH
BUTTON WHENEVER YOU UPDATE THE ENTRY.
3. CONVERSIONS FROM PATTERN GAUGE TO SWATCH GAGE:
This is the area where the calculations are performed. It has three data entry boxes and a REFRESH BUTTON.
a. STITCHES: Enter the number of stitches given in the pattern that you want to convert to your swatch gauge. This will give the number of stitches
to knit in your gauge. It also gives you the number of inches, or centimeters that will be knitted in your gauge.
b. ROWS: Same as STITCHES above except for rows.
c. INCHES or CENTIMETERS: This entry is used primarily for
designing your own pattern. With your swatch gauge entered in the SWATCH GAUGE area, enter in the number of inches for your measurements. When you
click on the REFRESH button both the number of stitches and rows are given for your swatch gauge. (NOTICE: This program does not allow for ease...For
accuracy in designing, calculate your ease before making an entry).
YOU MUST CLICK ON THE REFRESH BUTTONS WHENEVER YOU UPDATE THE ENTRY DATA.
Thank you for trying this little effort of mine. I hope it helps you in your endeavors. Suggestions/criticisms are welcome (No flames please), but be
aware that this is a 'freeware' program. The next generation will either be shareware or sold direct.
Questions may be directed to me at the following e-mail address. Please put the word 'knitcomp' somewhere in your subject line.