The last square I needed to make in order to have the center six squares complete was Square F-2. From the picture, it looked like an attractive and simple design, and, for the most part, it is. However, like some of the previous squares, if you were to follow the directions as given in the pattern, you would not get the result pictured in the book.
Like many of the directions in this pattern, it begins with a reference to other directions and reads as follows:
F-2 (1 variation motif): Rep directions as for F-1.
With my 4.5mm Etimo hook in hand and pile of Red Heart Super Saver yarn at my side, I (like a mythbuster of crochet), set out to see if, in fact, the directions for Square F-1 would work for the subsequent square, F-2. What I learned was this: The directions for F-1 will get you to the end of the second round on F-2, and then you need to look at the photo to figure it out.
I completed the third, fourth, and fifth rounds as follows:
Round 3: Attach third color in any ch-3 corner sp. Work *(3 dc, ch3, 3 dc) in same sp. ch 2, 1 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, 1 dc in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * 3 more times. Join with sl st to first dc.
Round 4: Attach fourth color in any ch-3 space. Work *(3 dc, ch3, 3 dc) in same sp, ch1, 3 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd dc, ch 1, 3 dc in ch-2 sp, ch 1. Repeat from * 3 times. Join with sl st to first dc.
Round 5: Attach fifth color in any ch-3 space. Work *(3 dc, ch3, 3 dc) in same sp, skip 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip ch-1 sp and 1 dc, 3 dc in next dc, skip 1 dc and ch-1 sp, 3 dc in next dc, skip ch-1 sp and 1 dc, 3dc in next dc, skip 1 dc and ch-1 sp, 3 dc in next dc. Repeat from * 3 times more. Join with sl st to first dc.
This was the result:
The bad news was that the directions were not entirely accurate, the good news was that it was possible to figure it out from the available photos and the resulting square fit very well with the previous 5 squares made.