- symbol for normal worsted, a unit measuring the density of worsted yarns. Worsted yarn is described as a/b Nw if it is a-ply (has a individual strands) and there are b 560-yard hanks of yarn per pound. An example might be 2/40 Nw, describing a 2-ply yarn having 40 hanks (22 400 yards) per pound. If the yarn is single-ply, the a is often omitted, so a single-ply worsted yarn is described as b Nw.
Dictionary of units of measurement. 2015.