Those of you who’ve followed me over the years, know how I obsessively search out knitting and crochet in TV, movies, and fashion. Well, once again, pop culture meets yarn in the re-up of ABC’s hit comedy, The Connors (formerly Rosanne.) The Connor house wouldn’t be the same without the iconic, granny square blanket. The new season — which by the way feels as smart and relevant as it did in its original, 1990’s incarnation– displays it in all its glory! Below is my view of it on the Connor couch, from where I sat on my own. (Psst … I’d love to know who made this one so I can give them proper adulation. Reach out if you’ve got the scoop!)
Recently, at SXSW (here in Austin, TX), versions of the above banket be-cozied many rickshaws promoting the show. This, of course, thrilled me to no end. However, seeing the piece on screen is the most fun of all, which inspired this post.
Hey, how about crocheting your own, Rosanne Granny Blanket? Sounds fun, right? Here’s how!
Granny Square Instructions
With Color A, Ch 6. Sl st in 1st ch to create ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, (counts as a dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, [ch 3, 3 dc in ring] 3 times. ch 3; join with sl sl in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3. — 4 dc clusters, 4 ch-3 spaces
Cut A; Join B.
Rnd 2: With B, ch 4, (counts as dc and ch-1 sp here and throughout), *(3dc, ch 3, 3 dc) In next corner ch-3 sp, ch 1; rep from * 2 more times, (3 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in first corner ch-3 sp: join with a sl st in 3rd chain of beginning ch-4.
Cut B; Join C.
Rnd 3: With C, sl st in next ch-1 sp. ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in same ch-1 sp, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp, ch 1**, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * 3 more times, ending last rep at **; join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.
Cut C; Join D.
Rnd 4: With D, ch 4, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp**,[ch 1, 3 dc, in next ch-1 sp] twice; rep from * 3 more times. ending last rep at**, ch 1, 2 dc in last ch-1 sp; join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.
Cut D; Join E.
Rnd 5: With E, sl st in next, ch-1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp**, [ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] 3 times; rep from * 3 more times, ending last rep at **, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3.
Rnd 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *dc in next st, and every st until corner center st (this will be the center st of the corner grouping of sts), 3 dc in corner st; rep from *, ending with dc at end of rnd, join with a sl st in 3rd chain of beginning ch-3.
Weave in ends. Block, if necessary.
The Conners Granny Blanket Recipe
*Note: The Rosanne Granny Blanket will take approximately 3100 yards of yarn. The amounts per color, however, will vary greatly depending on how you choose to make it. The spirit of this project is to use many different colors, united by black borders. That said, here’s a general supply list!
Valley Yarns Superwash Worsted, Colors by Vickie Howell (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 98 yds), in colors: Shown: (A) Golden Girl, (B) Siracha, (C) Manic Panic, (D) Daiquiri Ice, (E) Black <—- “E” is your border color, so you’ll need the most of this. I calculated that 3, two round (as seen on the original blanket) borders can be crocheted out of 1 ball. That would mean you’d need approximately 21 balls of E.
Size U.S. 8/5 mm Crochet Hook
64″ x 64″/163 cm x 163 cm
1 Granny Square = 8″/20 cm
Crochet 64 granny squares (using pattern above), in various shades, but with the same “E” Rnds 5-6.
Sc or hand seem squares into an 8 x 8 grid.
Weave in ends.
Need help learning how to crochet a granny square? Check out my Crochet Maker 2 online class on CreativeLive!
Now, go be gaga for Granny Roseanne!