Ply and Gauge
Ply refers to the number of strands twisted together to make a particular yarn.
Our 100% Cashmere garments are generally made with 2 ply 26’s metric size yarn. In simple terms, if we put 2 individual strands of 2 ply 26’s yarn side by side and knitted them together, we would now be using a 4 ply 26’s yarn and the resultant garment would weigh twice as much.
Gauge refers to the number of stitches per inch and the number of rows per inch.
To understand gauge, we knit on a number of different gauge machines depending on the look we want. If we knit our 2 ply 26’s yarn on 12 gauge, there would be 12 stitches or rows of yarn in one inch of knitted fabric so the fabric would be relatively dense(see image below). If we take the same yarn and knit it on 5 gauge machines there would only be 5 stitches or rows per inch so the fabric or garment would have a more open or mesh like look. It of course would be light weight too.