# Best answer: How do you count cross stitch patterns?

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## How is cross stitch count calculated?

Look at your chart and count the number of stitches in each direction. Divide this number by the number of stitches to 2.5cm (1in) on the fabric of your choice and this will determine the completed design size. For example, 140 stitches divided by 14-count aida equals a design size of 10in (25.5cm).

## How do you keep track of counted cross stitch?

Use highlighter tape or a magnet board

One favorite is highlighter tape. The tape comes in several different colors, and it is transparent, so you can read the chart through the tape. It is also removable and repositionable, so it won’t damage your chart. You can use the tape to color-code your progress.

## How do you determine thread count for embroidery?

Count the threads between the original pin and the second pin. If there are 36 threads, then it has a thread count of 36. If there are 25 threads, then the fabric is 25 count.

## What is a high stitch count?

Well – considering that most embroidery designs are between 1,000 and 10,000 stitches – a machine can hit a million stitches pretty quickly. In fact, according to one embroidery machine owner, a machine is “just getting broken in” at 1 million stitches.

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## How many threads do you use for 18 count Aida?

In the case of 18 count Aida I would suggest either 1 or 2 depending on how “heavy” or “solid” you want the finished piece to look. A single strand will result in a delicate piece of work, but you may prefer the more solid coverage from using 2 strands.

## What’s the difference between 14 and 18 count Aida?

The different types of Aida cloth are labeled according to their thread count. Therefore, 14 Aida cloth is a 14-count fabric which gives 14 stitches per inch, and 18 Aida cloth gives 18 stitches per inch, since it is an 18-count fabric.