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Golden Years Crochet Blanket

Golden Years Crochet Blanket
Golden Years Crochet Blanket
This image courtesy of redheart.com

Whether you're retired or not, you'll absolutely love our Golden Years Crochet Blanket. It's got some lovely colors almost like a muted rainbow pattern. You'll want to just watch the sun set under this gorgeous crochet afghan.

You can enjoy your "golden years" in bliss, whether you want to stay at home and garden or travel the world. Wrap yourself in this Red Heart crochet pattern and you'll never want to take it off. It even makes a fun accent throw in any room, too!

Easy

Crochet HookK/10.5 or 6.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge13 dc = 4 [10 cm]; 7 rows = 4 [10 cm] in double crochet. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Finished SizeThrow measures 48” [122cm] x 48” [122cm]

Materials List

  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 2 skeins - 316 Soft White E, 1 skein each: 321 Gold A, 256 Carrot B, 672 Spring Green C, 512 Turqua D
  • Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 6.5mm [US K-10½]
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

Throw

With A, ch 5, slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as tr here and throughout), tr in ring, [ch 2, 2 tr in ring] seven times, ch 2, slip st in top of beginning ch-4 to join – 8 2-tr groups and 8 ch-2 spaces. Fasten off.
Round 2: With right side facing, join B with a slip st in the first tr in any 2-tr group, ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 2 dc in next tr, *ch 2, skip ch-2 space, dc in the next tr, 2 dc in next tr; repeat from * 6 times more, ch 2, skip last ch-2 space, slip st in top of the beginning ch-3 to join – 24 dc.
Round 3: Ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, *ch 2, skip next ch-2 space, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next dc; repeat from * 6 times more, ch 2, skip last ch-2 space, slip st in top of beginning ch-3 – 40 dc. Fasten off.
Round 4: With right side facing, join C with a slip st in first dc of any 5-dc group, ch 3, dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc, *ch 2, skip next ch-2 space, dc in next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc; repeat from * 6 times more, ch 2, skip last ch-2 space, slip st in top of beginning ch-3 – 56 dc.
Round 5: Ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, tr in next 2 dc, ch 2 for corner space, skip next ch-2 space, tr in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, *dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, tr in next 2 dc, ch 2 for corner space, tr in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next 4 dc, ch 2; repeat from * 2 more times, slip st in top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.
Round 6: With right side facing, join D with a slip st in any corner ch-2 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in same space (corner made) *dc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 4 sts, ch 2, skip ch-2 space, sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next st**, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next corner ch-2 space; repeat from * around, ending last repeat at **, slip st in top of beginning ch-3 – 4 ch-3 corner spaces with 20 sts and a ch-2 space on each side.
Round 7: Ch 3, dc in next st, *(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next corner ch-3 space, dc in next 10 sts, ch 2, skip ch-2 space, dc in next 10 sts; repeat from * 2 more times, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next corner ch-3 space, dc in next 10 sts, ch 2, skip ch-2 space, dc in next 8 sts, slip st in top of beginning ch-3.
Round 8: Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, *(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next corner ch-3 space, dc in next 12 sts, ch 2, skip next ch-2 space, dc in next 12 sts; repeat from * 2 more times, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next corner ch-3 space, dc in next 12 sts, ch 2, skip next ch-2 space, dc in next 8 sts, slip st in top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.
Round 9: With right side facing you, join E with a slip st in any ch-3 space, ch 3, (dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in same space, *dc in each dc to ch-2 space, ch 2, skip ch-2 space, dc in each dc to next corner ch-3 space, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner ch-3 space; repeat from * to last corner ch-3 space, dc in each dc to ch-2 space, ch 2, skip ch-2 space, dc in each dc to beginning ch-3, slip st in top of beginning ch-3.
Rounds 10-12: Ch 3, dc in each dc to next corner ch-3 space, *(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner ch-3 space, dc in each dc to ch-2 space, ch 2, skip ch-2 space, dc in each dc to next corner ch-3 space; repeat from * to beginning ch-3, slip st in top of beginning ch-3. Fasten off.
Round 13: With A, repeat Round 9.
Rounds 14-15: With B, repeat Rounds 9-10.
Rounds 16-17: With C, repeat Rounds 9-10.
Rounds 18-19: With D, repeat Rounds 9-10.
Round 21: With E, repeat Round 9.
Rounds 22-24: With E, repeat Round 10.
Round 25: With A, repeat Round 9.
Rounds 26-27: With B, repeat Rounds 9-10.
Rounds 28-29: With C, repeat Rounds 9-10.
Round 30: With D, repeat Round 9.
Rounds 31-32: With D, repeat Round 10.
Round 33: With E, repeat Round 9.
Rounds 34-36: With E, repeat Round 10.
Fasten off

Border

Round 1: With right side facing, join E with a slip st in any side dc, ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in each st to corner ch-3 space, work 3 sc in corner ch-3 space; repeat from * to last side, sc in each st to first sc, slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
Round 2: With right side facing, join A with a slip st in any sc, ch 1, sc in same st, *sc in each st to center sc of corner 3-sc, work 3 sc in center sc; repeat from * to last side, sc in each st to first sc, slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
Round 3: With B, repeat Round 2.
Round 4: With C, repeat Round 2.
Round 5: With D, repeat Round 2.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

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Abbreviations

A, B, C
Color A, B, C
ch
chain
cm
centimeters
dc
double crochet
hdc
half double crochet
sc
single crochet
st(s)
stitch(es)
tr
triple or treble crochet
[]
work directions in brackets the number of times specified
* or **
repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated

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Hi Crafter, You can highlight the pattern text, then right click and select print to print out the pattern text. Hope that helps! Julia, editor for AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns

i want to make this Golden Years Crochet blanket for a friend or friends who are in their early senior years. This is perfect to display in their living room and to snuggle in while watching TV or just having fun with the family. Thanks for having the pattern just right in front of the page.

This version has new colors. Last time I viewed this pattern it called for discontinued colors.

What happened to Row 20 in the pattern?

I contacted Red Heart via coats.com and received feedback from a Ann Blalock who provided the information. According to her, rounds 18-20 with D should repeat rounds 9-10. The pattern number in their files for the Golden Years afghan is LW4707. Happy crocheting! Libby (cmueller7138@gmail.com)

Rounds 18-20 are a total of 3 rounds. Rounds 9-10 are only 2 rounds. I agree with aeakrs 2313474 the rounds appear to be off.

Love the colors in this blanket. Can't wait to make it.

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