May 29, 2015

What is a Yarn Count?

The count (or thickness) of a cotton yarn is based on the traditional English system and is equal to the number 840-yard (764 metre) skeins required to weight 1 pound. (0.453kg) Under this system, the higher the number of yarn count, the finer the yarn and thus more precious the fabric will be.

When two yarns are twisted or folded together the yarn count number is halved so 1/50s and 2/100s are actually the same thickness.