Cross-stitch – stitches per skein

So I had a question recently on YouTube:



I started to answer and I had a number in my head for how many stitches I thought I would get from a skein, but then I thought more about it. How do I know? I have never looked into it, have never seen any information about it, so how can I be of use giving advice I don’t even know?

So of course the next thing was – I needed to know for myself now.

As many of you may know I have been working on Madeline, and she has a large patch of solid white colour on her chest where the sun beams stream through the window.


So, in order to calculate the answer to the question, I measured 1m of thread and started to stitch.

My pages look like this

If you pay attention to picture above – you can see the symbol for u – which is the white I have been talking about.Β When I finished I started to count, count and then count some more.

I came out with numbers:Β 404 stitches per 1m, so for a skein (which is 8m), it would be 3232 stitches. However this piece of stitching was unusual because it was a big square of solid colour (usually the stitching requires you to “jump around” a little more), and so I rounded the number down a bit.

So my final conclusion is: 3000 stitches per skein πŸ˜€

N.B. This is for 18ct aida (thanks Kate!). If you’re using a smaller count like 14ct, you will get a few fewer crosses.

PS. the end number was bigger and completely off from what I had previously thought, so I was pleasantly surprised.

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5 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    I think that number changes based on the fabric ct and the number of threads you use. For example 1×1 on 28 ct is different than 2×1 on 18ct or 2×2 on 32 ct etc. I hope that makes sense.

  2. kolina says:

    i had a project i was doing on 25ct and one of the colours used 1 whole skein and it was over 4000 stitches so now i know when working on 25ct one skein should be enough for about 4000 stitches with some excess πŸ˜€

  3. kolina says:

    i was using 1 strand πŸ˜‰

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