You can thank our favorite sitcoms — Big Bang Theory and Roseanne especially — for making your grandmother's beloved crochet blanket cool again. In fact, these quirky, colorful designs have been a supporting role in a number of television shows for the last few decades.
As far as we know, it all started with of Taxi in 1978.
Although the infamous (that's what they're lovingly called) popped up in hit shows like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Friends, it gained greater recognition in Roseanne. The iconic blanket was a backdrop for many classic Conner moments, including when — throw and all — out the door.
And when the cast announced that the show would be making a comeback, many people wondered if the piece would make a return. Spoiler: It's back. The set designers saved a few copies of the blanket as mementos ... or in case the show came back on air.
The multi-colored afghan is sentimental to the cast and viewers alike. So much so that Roseanne Barr donned a matching crochet skirt at the show's season 10 premiere.
A similar blanket makes an appearance in the Big Bang Theory. (Apparently Johnny Galecki only works on shows with Granny square blankets. We kid, we kid.)
But what's the reason for this interesting design choice? "[The blankets have] great texture, color, and lots of character," Big Bang Theory set decorator Ann Shea told . Beyond color, throwing a handmade blanket on a couch instantly gives a television set a much-needed homey vibe.
When the throw first appeared on the show, many people thought it was an intentional reference to Roseanne but Shea claims it was sheer coincidence. Hey, if it works, it works!
It makes sense: Mayim Bialik's character Amy, a neuroscientist, is one of the quirkiest characters on the show and the blanket merely matches her personality. "She just chooses things for functionality more than anything but would gravitate toward the more geeky, nerdy, dowdy things naturally," Shea . "She seems sentimental, and it is also something her grandmother could have given to her.”
Mad Men, for example, proves that these blankets have been a source of comfort for decades. Remember this gem from Beth's emotional hospital scene in "" episode?
Parks and Recreation even gave it a modern refresh in the hilarious episode, "."
Here's all the proof you need that Granny square blankets are back and better. If your itching to have your own, crafty folks can make their own vintage-inspired throws by following inspired by the blankets seen on TV. Otherwise, shop for these perfect throws, especially this .
Handmade Blanket, $190,