The dreaded 'Roseanne' afghan

O.k., I know it’s not knitted but it’s a chrochet pattern. Most everyone seems to hate this afghan with a passion but I’ve always thought it was cute. :roflhard: Seriously, I’ve always liked it. :smiley:

That pattern’s probably been around since the first human ancestor picked up a hooked stick. :rofling: You see a lot of very colorful ones donated to nursing homes and such. Great stash buster, I’d imagine.

I have 3 of those made by my grandmother!!! She always said they were a pain to make, but each one of the 6 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids has at LEAST two of them!

For the crochet-ignorant (such as myself)…are those granny squares?

It IS a great stash buster–and I have done about 8 of them in my life, I’m sure. It was enjoyable to do when it was hot, because there’s such a small amount to work with at a time. And it’s easy to do and to put together!! So what if it’s crochet—you can do BOTH!!!

I love the granny square afghans! They are hideous in a sense, I suppose, but there’s something so homey and cozy about them to me. I guess it’s because my grandmother had a couple of them, so I always associate them with her.

Exactly! I think there is something about them that seems cozy. :happydance:

As a kid, I loved poking my fingers through all the little holes. I used to get into trouble for that… :shifty:

I’ve never had an afgahn and I’ve never made an afghan. We had quilts. My aunts would tell me how in generations past, they would make them with directions for runaway slaves how to navigate the underground railroad. My mother has one quilt a great great (I’m not sure how many greats back. I don’t think it was all they way back to slavery but very close) grandmother made. It’s not an underground railroad quilt though. I think it’s a jumping the broom quilt. Anyway, it’s part of folklore for many black folks in the US. But i"m sure there are lots of black folks who made afghans too. Maybe not unitl more recently though. I wonder who made the first granny square? Was it called that? Was it a sign of “high society” or “lower class?” Just stuff I wonder about. Maybe I can make an afghan with kinte colors!! :thinking:

I still like mine :oops: and it still looks good 35 years after my sister crocheted it for me. We drag it out every winter as a throw.

I remember travelling in the back of my friends (who lived down the road) parents Hillman Hunter car (it was considered THE family car in the '70’s it was an estate car!) - in the boot there were two extra seats that faced the rear window. We sat in those and were wrapped up warm in a granny square crochet afghan. If I recall correctly, her mother had a bag that was made of the same squares and lined which she used to keep the sandwiches in.

I did the same as angelia, poked fingers through the holes =D I also detested the thing laugh

I still have two blankets that my great gramma crocheted for me. :smiley:

I also have a quilt that an amish lady gave my mom.

I’ve still got the one my g’ma made for me umpteen years ago… it’s a little battered, but I treasure it because she made for me.

Have to just say this–although I’ve made, and loved making the granny afghans-- these days I really love the cotton/blend throws that most people use now–they’re easy to wash, they’re relatively cheap and you can’t punch holes through them with your fingers (easily, anyway!!)–and they don’t PILL like the yarn ones do!!

Plus, I’m always HOT…yes, I’m 56!!

For some reason the granny square bores me to tears. Plus I HATE sewing them together. My grandmother has never crocheted, only knitted, so in the 70s we got an orange and brown ripple afghan that had holes for me to poke my fingers through! The quiltghan I surprised Derek with one Christmas was all granny squares, but I joined them as I went. It took me over 3 days to weave in the ends! :shock:

Back in the 70’s I made a similar one except the squares were more “open” or lacy. When my son was very little (he’ll be 30 next month), he used to throw it between two chairs, sit under it pretending he was a spider and the afghan was his web.

Long granny square vests were all the rage during the late 60’s, too. Usually in a variety of colors that didn’t match. And if you had psychedelic colors, way cool!

Here’s a colorful twist to the granny square afghan. My 11 yo DD made this in a month-yes, I’m very proud of her. :smiley:

Granny Squares don’t have to be boring and black.

that is fascinating! Thanks for sharing that bit.


Love that afgan! You Should be Proud! :thumbsup:

I am not a crocheter yet~ but I really love the Granny Square, and will figure out how to do it one of these days. I really really want to play with this pattern in one of my WorkBasket booklets. :smiley:

Aww…that’s really nice! I used to love to work on crafts when I was her age too. Looks like she’s got a lot of skills at this point. I hope that if I ever have a daughter, she would love knitting and crocheting as much as I do. :wink: