Form Programmes Explained


You may add a divided neckline to band and symmetric sub-programs by adding 128 to the base code:

Base ValueExampleCommentary
160166Band Sub-program with divided neckline (128 + 32 + 6 instructions = 166)
224231Symmetric sub-program with divided neckline (128 + 96 + 7 shaping instructions = 231)

The neckline shaping instructions are not included in the instructions for the band or symmetric sub-programs. Instead the next shaping sub-program that follows is used for the neckline calculations. In practice, this will be an asymmetric sub-program.

Shaping Instructions

Within each shaping sub-program are instructions for the straight knitting, increases, and decreases that make up that section of the knitting. The band program has already been explained in detail. The descriptions that follow apply only to the border, symmetric, and asymmetric sub-programs.

An important note: it is imperative that you take the context of codes into consideration when interpreting form programmes. The meaing of a particular code depends on the code(s) that have come before it. If you fail to understand the codes leading up to it, you run the risk of making a false assumption.

Straight Knitting

Most often found in the border sub-program and else where, simple straight knitting is an important part of any form programme. The following codes indicate a number of rows to knit straight. The actual number rows knitted will depend on the ratio of the user's gauge to the programmer's gauge of course.

You will notice that more than one code is given for the same action. It usual to see the lower numbers in the older form programmes. The new form programmes add 128 to these codes. (128 + 1 = 129) The effect in the sub-programs seem to be the same. I have yet to figure out that adding 128 modifies the instruction in any way. Both versions of the codes seem to work the same way on my console.

Shaping CodeExampleCommentary
1 or 1291Knit 2 rows.
2 or 1302Knit 4 rows.
3 or 1313Knit 6 rows.
4 or 1324Knit 8 rows.
5 or 1335Knit 10 rows.
6 or 1346Knit 12 rows.
7 or 1357
Knit 12 rows plus 2 times the following number. In this example, knit 34 rows. (12 + 11 * 2 = 34) If the number following 7 (or 135) is greater than 128, first subtract 128 before carrying out the calculation. In the second example, also knit 34 rows. (139 - 128 = 11; 12 + 11 * 2 =34)

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