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Learn Fusion Knitting with the Follow the Leader Cowl. Use your new skills to create the New Leaf Cowl or Wrap!

I designed the Follow the Leader Cowl to teach Fusion Knitting. Practice each new skill over a few rounds before learning a new one, learn to read your knitting, and quickly identify mistakes by checking that your contrast colour design follows the main colour design.

With Fusion Knitting, you alternate between your two colours on each round of the project to create a motif that is the same on each side of the fabric. The main colour yarn is worked first and leads all cable movements. The contrast colour must follow the main colour’s lead. 

Knit the cowl from any two yarns of similar weight. Consider a worsted or chunky weight yarn for a quick knit and to enjoy the incredible squish of double thick cables. Smooth yarns with a good twist will make your cables pop. Solid/tonal colours are recommended.


Yarn: 2 colours of yarn in worsted/aran weight

Needles: 5.5 mm/ US #9 circular needles with length appropriate to the circumference

Gauge: 18 sts and 37 rounds to 4 in/10 cm in purlwise garter worked flat

Finished Size: 8.25 in/ 21 cm height; 24 in/ 61 cm circumference; adjustable.

Notions: cable needle, tapestry needle, 3 repeat markers, 1 end of the round marker.

Yarn Used: 120 yd/ 110 m of each colour.

Photography: Julie Crawford

Tech editor: Joanna Fromstein

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