|The Knitting Gauge
Converter is a simple Windows program that will help you
convert the number of stitches or rows in one gauge to the
appropriate number of stitches or rows in another gauge.
For example, suppose you have a pattern that specifies 20 st = 4" and instructs you to cast on 80 stitches. Unless you use the exact same yarn, exact same needle size and knit exactly the same way as the author of the pattern, chances are pretty good that your swatch will be a different gauge than what the pattern calls for; just a mere 1/8" difference is enough to cause an improper fit. KGC will automatically calculate the number of stitches or rows you need to cast on or knit in your gauge to create an item that's the same size as the pattern.
Windows 98, 2000, XP
KGC is not the only program that does gauge conversions for you. However, it is one of the cheapest (free) and I'm pretty sure it's bug free. In the event you think KGC has calculated something incorrectly, please submit a bug report (hit F1 to bring up the help file, navigate to the chapter titled "Legal Information" and scroll to the bottom).
If you're new to knitting or just don't want to do the math yourself, KGC may be just what you're looking for. You can download it here. The file is just under 2Mb and should not require more than 4 to 5 minutes to download with a dialup connection; DSL and cable connections will be considerably faster -- 1 or 2 minutes. After the download completes, you'll need to unzip the downloaded file to a temporary directory and run the setup program. To get you started, you should probably hit the F1 key to launch the help file. It's pretty short and should have you up and running in no time.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some people have reported having trouble launching the help file. Until I figure out what's wrong, you can get the PDF version here.
If you would like to be notified when new versions of the program are available, please provide a valid email address on the software update notification request. If you would like to see what has changed in each version, please read the release notes.
If you're a spreadsheet junkie, you might be just as happy with the Excel workbook I've developed to perform exactly the same calculations as KGC. Personally, I like using the KGC program better -- I think it's easier to understand and has much better documentation, but the choice is up to you. You can download the spreadsheet here.
If you're really into math and want to do the conversions yourself, I've written a tutorial to get you started.
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