Naana Danquah’s Go With the Flow Hoodie: Crochet Designer Interview

Intro – Today we’re talking to crochet designer Naana Danquah of NaRose Designs, who contributed the Go With the Flow Hoodie crochet pattern featured in our June 2024 issue.

Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired your design for this month?

The ease of the garment along with the contrast. How the color and the neutral sections work together.  They are different, but together they make a beautiful and functional garment.

What’s your favorite aspect of this piece?

The pocket.  I love a pocket and having as a focal point with the contrasting color is a nice touch.

What sort of customizations are you hoping creators will make when they crochet this piece?

I hope they will play with variations of colors on the sleeve, pocket, and hood adding their own flair and uniqueness.

What is your crochet origin story? How did you learn to crochet?

I learned to crochet from a friend’s grandmother.  She taught me one summer when I was visiting Houston from New York City to visit my dad.

Have you taught anyone else how to crochet?

Yes, I taught a class at my job as a fundraiser for United Way.  It was a class of 10 and was a mix of ages, genders and experience.  I have also taught a few classes online.

Where do you hope to go with your crochet?

I would love to teach more and encourage/join others to make items for charities.  I look forward to designing more and offering more patterns. 

What are a couple of fun facts about you?

I have danced and performed in various genres over the years – Modern, Bollywood, Afro-Brazilian, Samba, and more. I used to own a dance and fitness studio for adult women. 

How can our readers find you on social media?

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