Can someone explain 10/2?

Can someone explain or tell me where to find information on those weaving yarns that go by 10/2 etc...... They look like I could use them for lace knitting, but I just don't know what those numbers mean.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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JohnK's picture

here's a link that tries to explain yarn sizes.

Hope it helps and doesn't add to the confusion


QueerJoe's picture

Here's another PDF document that might help visually...just be careful 10/2 can mean a few different things as you'll see when you compare the different 10/2 yarns in the PDF document:

MMario's picture

The most confusing thing is that plant fibers and animal fibers reverse the numbers....sometimes....othertimes not.

within each type of fiber it's easy to compare, and get at least a general idea of the relative weight. if you look at Joe's link.

For the cottons - you'll see #/# - the first number is the number of 420 yard lengths of single ply yarn per pound. the second number is the number of plies. so a 40/4 would be equal weight to a 20/2 or a 10/1

for wool, it's the number of 560 yard hanks per lb and the number of plies.

Linen - it's 300 yards per "satandard hank" - the second number again is plies.

Now if they give you "ends per inch" that's another way to compare, or "wraps per inch" - the more the thinner the yarn. Lace weight yarns are usually 20 or higher

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