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Rowan Design Competition: The Shortlist

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The entries are in from this year’s Rowan Design Competition, and the teams at Rowan and Crochet Now have picked the shortlist of designers, and we want your help picking your favourite!

The Shortlist

We were delighted to see so many wonderful submissions online for the Modern Winter collection that we launched back in issue 42, and together we’re hand-picked our top seven entries to be on the shortlist. The team at Rowan will be choosing a winner from these designs to take to the next step, but we also want to know what you think, and to vote for the Reader’s Choice Award! The winning pattern will be commissioned and published in a future issue of Crochet Now, and everyone who votes will be in with a chance of winning a lovely bundle of Rowan yarns!


Sarah Ruane – Raised Diamonds Sweater

This classic fit sweater is perfect for someone who loves classic tailoring, and prefers garments that are simple rather than showy. This sweater would be perfect paired with fitted jeans and ankle boots, or worn over a white shirt for a more put-together look.


Sarah Ruane – Twist Front Sweater

A slouchy, oversize sweater with a flattering twist/knot detail just below the waist line – perfect for mums or anyone who want comfort and a loose fit (especially around the mid-section).


Miroslava Mihalkova – Ebun Diamond Cowl

The Ebun diamond cowl is a lightweight cowl with a strong pattern that can be worn as a statement accessory with neutral toned garments or can compliment a chic wardrobe. This piece is geared towards the younger generation that is open to experiment with garments with geometrical patterns.


Anne-Michelle Phelan – Blackberry Picking Sweater

The seasons are inevitable, the blackberries will never keep, but we can prepare for colder days and hold on to those memories of late summer. This sweater is designed with extra positive ease and a longer yoke. Not quite a ‘swoncho’ but a relaxed fit and easy to wear.

Jordan English – Southwestern Wrap

This pattern is inspired by a wrap I designed to honor my own Native American heritage. As many do, I work in a traditional office environment where the temperature is set to just above frigid. I’ve made many shawls to keep out the chill, and this one has garnered the most compliments over the years.


Grace Kok – Arwen Sweater

The Arwen Sweater is a boxy cropped turtleneck sweater that uses subtle stitch texture to create a chic, modern crochet jumper. This crochet jumper serves as a stylish statement piece while still being versatile and easy to pair with a wide variety of bottoms. Throw it on over a pair of jeans, mini skirt or a fitted dress to create a contemporary urban look.


Shabnam Mirzaei – Men’s Patterned Scarf

This colour work pattern is really easy to make. It is great to make a scarf and this pattern can be worked from a chart or written instruction by 3 separate colours or by colorful yarn.

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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