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Enter our Rowan Design Competition!

Design for Rowan

We’ve teamed up with Rowan to help in their search for new crochet designers. We’re calling on you to create a brand-new crocheted garment or accessory for Rowan, using any of Rowan’s wide range of DK yarn (except Rowan Selects) to submit it to us for your chance to win fabulous prizes and a chance to have your pattern officially published.

The best part? This is an open competition – that means you don’t already have to be a designer to submit! Just take a look at the moodboard below for a starting point for your design.

Choosing the winners

Together with Crochet Now, the Rowan team will pull together a shortlist of submissions for consideration, and judging will take place in the summer to select the winning pattern, with the help of Rowan crochet designer Lisa Richardson, who will then be asked to create their finished project along with pattern following Rowan’s style guide.

The full shortlist will also feature  in Crochet Now and readers will be invited to vote for their favourite design too! The winning pattern (Readers’ Choice Award) will also be asked to create their finished project so they can be featured in the magazine!

What you’ll win

The winning pattern will be published by Rowan, and the winning designer will be invited to the Rowan Design Studio for an exclusive look into the Rowan design process! Two runners up will also be chosen to receive a bundle of Rowan yarn each. The Reader’s Choice Award pattern will be published in Crochet Now magazine as well.

How to put together the perfect submission

  • Be original and creative
    Present your original, strong idea in no more than two pages – what is the key point of the design? Who will make it?
  • Think about style
    We’d love to know how you see your item being worn – use a sketch or catwalk inspiration to create an outfit with your piece
  • Presentation
    Imagine this is a (friendly!) job interview – present your work as you wish to be seen, with clear, clean, stylish and confident presentation
  • Sketches and swatches
    Both are necessary! The quality of your drawing isn’t being tested, but we need to have a clear idea of what you intend to make, and a swatch of stitches to demonstrate your skill and the qualities of the intended design
  • You don’t need to submit a finished project
    We want to see submissions for new ideas, and not completed projects which you may have to tweak or remake anyway


Modern Winter

Purplish Diamond Sweater, Practical Publishing.
Lisa Richardson Florence Scarf, Rowan
Nicole, Lisa Richardson, Rowan
Maki, Tomoko Yamanaka, Rowan

We would like you to create modern, wearable crochet garments or accessories in contemporary shapes. This could be anything from oversized boyfriend cardigans to fitted sweaters. We are looking for interesting pattern details. These could be fun textures such as bobbles, or popcorn and puff stitches.  We are also looking for eye-catching colourwork such as a colourful yoke pattern or colour details at trims and cuffs.

Use a Rowan DK weight and any colour(s) you feel work best for your design. Take inspirations from the images we have selected but we are looking forward to your own interpretation of this brief. We also want to know what your inspiration is for this design.


How to enter

Submissions (no need to complete garments/accessories) should be emailed as a .pdf file to contact@crochetnow.co.ukwith the subject line ‘Rowan Design Competition 2019’ by 31st July 2019 for consideration

About Jenny Conduit

Hi, I'm Jenny and I am editor of Crochet Now! I love to crochet amigurumi, especially my favourite TV and film characters, along with blankets and wraps. If I'm not crocheting, you can probably find me knitting and eating chocolate biscuits.

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