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THE BRIEFING

What is a yarn count?

PUBLISHED ON
29th May 2015
WRITER
Tracy Chow

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.

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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.