After a seemingly endlessly long day of errands on Thursday, today I had the pleasure of staying home and turning my attention to the Granny Square Sampler Afghan that has eluded me for over a decade now.
I started by finishing all of my renegade A Squares and weaving in the ends. I then turned my attention to Square D-1 in the upper right hand corner. I was not looking forward to making the square because the only picture available is not very easy to decipher, even with my trusty magnifying glass.
Be that as it may, I was able to see it well enough to determine that the Square D-1 pictured was not symmetrical. This totally jarred my sensibility, and I revised it a bit to better fit my aesthetic.
I followed the directions for the central part of the square which resulted in a 10 stitch by 15 row single crochet piece.
The border was trickier, and I abandoned the directions and worked out the following which is a reasonable but not precise facsimile of what is featured in the book.
Round 1: Attach new color in any corner. Ch 3 counts as first dc. *(2dc, ch 2, 2dc), evenly space 5 2dc clusters along shorter edge of rectangle, (2dc, ch 2, 2dc), evenly space 7 2dc clusters along longer edge of rectangle, repeat from * one time more. Finish off.
End 1: One either of the shorter ends, attach a new color in the ch2 space of the corner. Ch 3 and make a dc in corner space (2dc made). Make a 2dc cluster between each of next six 2dc clusters of the previous row. 2dc in ch2 corner space. Finish off, and repeat on opposite end.
End 2: On either of the shorter ends, attach a new color in between the first two 2dc clusters. Make a 2dc cluster between each of the next six 2dc clusters of the previous row. Finish off and repeat on opposite end.
Final Round: Using yet another new color, attach to the first dc in either of the End 2 rows just made. Ch3 count as first dc. *(3dc, ch 3, 3dc) in first dc, along the shorter edge, make 3dc between the next six 2dc clusters of the previous row, (3dc, ch 3, 3dc) in last dc, make a 3dc cluster in the middle of the outer edge of End 1, evenly space six 3dc clusters along the longer edge of Round 1, make a 3dc cluster in the middle of the outer edge of end 1, repeat from * once more. Finish off.
This is what I came up with:
My hope is that this will fit well when it comes time to attach it to other pieces.