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Fabric Count Conversions
The count of a fabric is the number of holes per inch. The larger the count the finer the fabric.
To find the Evenweave count equivalent to an Aida count, double the count: for example, 14 count Aida is the same as 28 count Evenweave.
This is because if you are working on Evenweave a full stitch is usually made over 2 holes rather than one in Aida.
Fabric Count Conversion Table
If you know the count per inch, per cm or per 10 cm, look up the equivalent in the table.
Count (per inch)
Count (per cm)
Count (per 10 cm)
3.9 or 4
39 or 40
5.9 or 6
7 or 7.1
Fabric is supplied in several widths, depending on the manufacturer and type of fabric, the most common being 110 cm (43 inch) and 160 cm (63 inch).
A Fat Quarter is a half metre length of half width material - so the width of a fat quarter depends on the full width of the material
A Metre Half Width is a one metre length of half width material
Afghan (14 count Aida) fabric is supplied in multiples of a half panel with an extra half square all the way around the edge from which you make the fringe.
The size depends on the fabric type.
Palisade (7 inch squares of 14 count Aida): A whole panel is 7 by 5 squares; a half panel is 5 by 3 squares
Anne Cloth (5 inch squares of 18 count Aida): A whole panel is 9 by 7 squares; a half panel is 7 by 4 squares; a quarter panel is 4 by 3 squares
Metric to Imperial Conversions
1 metre (100 cm) is approxiamtely 39 inches or 3 feet 3 inches.
1/2 metre (50 cm) is just under 19.75 inches or 1 foot 7 and three quarter inches.
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