With the return of the hit TV show ‘Roseanne’, we’re also feeling a surge of nostalgia for her very 90s living room décor. In the spirit of this beloved sitcom family, ABC turned a New York subway car into their family room! Our favorite detail? The ‘afghan’ strewn across the back of the subway bench seats. For pattern recommendations to crochet some granny squares for an iconic afghan of your own, read on.
High-fashion runways have been featuring granny squares for almost a year; you could say they’re making a comeback, too! But there’s something special about granny squares around the house. They evoke a homey feeling from a decade or two ago, and handmade comfort crafted by a loving family member. To cozy up with an iconic afghan of your own, check out the following patterns.
The Great Lengths Afghan (Crochet) can be found on our website! It’s an intermediate pattern, with a cheery color palette. You’ll be working in Lion Brand Homespun Yarn, which is super-soft and perfect for a cozy blanket. While these colors aren’t as wild as Roseanne’s iconic afghan, you could certainly substitute others, or stay with this adorable palette to add a couple pops of color to your living room.
The Granny Sampler Blanket (Crochet) is worked in Vanna’s Choice, in Solids and Heathers & Twists, in 15 colors! The image on the left is ours, of the 15-color Vanna’s variety. On the right, a different take from Ravelry user @NatureH. What we love about her adaptation, is that it is a perfect look-alike for Roseanne’s! She’s substituted her yarns to achieve that black background, which you can see gives the colors an extra burst.
This 8-Color Afghan (Crochet) is another Vanna’s Choice project, in slightly mellower tones. Of course, you can make it all your own, by substituting any of the wide variety of Vanna’s colors! With 30 squares, there are plenty of opportunities to make it all your own. As a Level 2 – Easy (Beginner +) pattern, it’s a great project for even those newer to crochet.
The Showpiece Afghan (Crochet) also has that dark background that’s so fetching in Roseanne’s throw. While the pattern calls for a discontinued yarn of ours, we’d recommend several Bulky weight substitutions! You could chain in Lion’s Pride Woolspun Yarn (many fun color options!), Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn (fewer options with this one), or, for something completely different, try Baby Soft Boucle. These easy-to-crochet circles will work up quickly, and make for a totally unique finished product.
Whether or not you’ll be tuning in to the reboot of this classic show, you might want to crochet a classic afghan and hop on the granny square train. Add a little vintage whimsy to any room with a well-curated bouquet of colors, in the coziest way. Let us know if you’ll be trying one of the patterns above, or if you have another plan to bring this trend to life!