Count Systems
Spun One Time (Single Ply)
Multiple Plies
Compare 4 ply yarns
Balled / Skeined Yarn
Other Fibers
A Caveat
Examine "Mystery Yarn"
Good online reference

Yarn Counts

Over the years, a number of systems have been developed in the textile industry. Knitters and weavers use the Fixed Weight System.

Fixed Weight System

  • The length is variable and the weight is constant
  • The thicker the yarn, the lower the count

Yarn on cones is often referred to by the yarn count (3/8, 10/2 etc). By using a traditional Fixed Weight system, knitters and weavers can refer to yarns in a standardized way.

Using this system, the thicker the yarn, the lower the count.

For WOOL, the count is the second number. The number of plies (or folds) is the first number (we will discuss this later)

This example shows multiple plies of an eight count wool.