Grading your cashmere

Grading your cashmere

If you are a knitwear retailer, you know how important it is to offer your customers high quality products that look good, feel good and last long. But how do you ensure that the knitwear you sell meets these standards? One of the key factors that determines the quality of knitwear is the grade of the yarn used to make it.


Yarn grade is a measure of the fineness, strength and uniformity of the fibers that make up the yarn. The finer, stronger and more uniform the fibers are, the higher the grade of the yarn. Yarn grade is usually expressed in terms of counts. which indicate how many hanks (a unit of length) of yarn weigh one pound. The higher the count, the finer the yarn. For example, a 40-count yarn means that 40 hanks weigh one pound, while a 20-count yarn means that 20 hanks of yarn weigh one pound.


Yarn grade affects several aspects of knitwear quality, such as:

  • Durability Yarns with higher grade are more resistant to abrasion, pilling and breaking, which means that they can withstand more wear and tear and last longer. Yarns with lower grade are more prone to damage and deterioration, which can affect the shape, fit, and appearance of knitwear over time.

  • Softness Yarns with higher grades are smoother and softer to the touch, which makes them more comfortable and pleasant to wear. Yarns with lower grade are coarser and rougher, which can cause irritation and itchiness to the skin.

  • Appearance Higher-grade yarns have a finer texture and a more even colour, which gives them a more refined and elegant look Lower-grade yarns have a coarser texture and a more uneven colour, which can make them look dull and cheap.


The choice of yarn grade depends on several factors, such as:

  • The Type of Knitwear Different types of knitwear have different requirements for durability, softness and appearance. For example, sweaters and cardigans need to be durable and soft, while scarves and hats need to be soft and warm. Therefore, you should choose a higher-grade yarn for sweaters and cardigans, and a lower grade yarn for scarves and hats.

  • The Target Market Different customers have different preferences and expectations for knitwear quality. For example, customers who are looking for luxury and premium products will prefer higher-grade yarns that offer superior quality and comfort, while customers who are looking for budget-friendly products will accept lower-grade yarns that offer decent quality and value. Therefore, you should choose a yarn grade that matches your target market's needs and wants.

  • The Cost Higher-grade yarns are more expensive than lower-grade yarns, which means that they will increase your production costs and affect your profit margins. Therefore, you should balance the cost and benefit of choosing a higher-grade yarn for your knitwear.


Yarn grade is an important factor that affects the quality of knitwear in terms of durability, softness and appearance. As a knitwear retailer, you should choose the right yarn grade for your knitwear based on the type of knitwear, the target market and the cost. By doing so, you can offer your customers high-quality products that will satisfy their needs and expectations.

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