Naana Danquah’s Shrug It Off Mesh Shrug: Crochet Designer Interview

Intro – Today we’re talking to crochet designer Naana Danquah of NaRose Designs, who contributed the Shrug It Off Mesh Shrug crochet pattern featured in our June 2024 issue.

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

I wanted to create something fun and relatively simple that would showcase the Dirty Girl Yarn’s unique texture and color resulting in a fun and eye-catching piece that’s great for multiple occasions. 

What’s your favorite aspect of this piece?

The simplicity and quickness. 

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

Varying the length of the top and the sleeves.  Adding different types of yarn for the trim. Creating unlikely color combinations. 

What was your first crochet project? Where is it now?

My first project was a rainbow, double crochet throw blanket with tassels made out of Red Heart yarn using double crochet stitches.  I still have it; 30+ years later.  My color changes were a little rough, but I think it was pretty good for my first project. 

What project are you most proud of?

My first garment design, the Adorn Me Tank Top.  I was so nervous, but had a great tester group.  I started with the adult tank and then created a child version.  This led to my Adorn Me Collection of patterns.

Do you crochet only at home? If not, what experiences have you had crocheting in public?

I crochet wherever I can.  Doctor’s office, my car, at the beach, on the plane, on a bus, in my office.

Do you do any other crafts? How do they compare to crochet?

I like to make jewelry.  For years, I used to make beaded crochet jewelry and then a I started making beaded bracelets.  I’m not that great, but i like sewing also from time to time. 

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