I started work on the afghan that has eluded me for 12 years today.
After surveying the layout of the afghan, I decided that a good place to start would be Square D-2 as it looked simple and is one of the six central squares of the afghan. Armed with a stash of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and a 4.5mm Etimo crochet hook, I began in earnest to make the afghan that I have wanted for so many years.
By the time I got to the first round of the border of the square, however, I understood why I had difficulty the first time.
The directions for the central part of the square were straightforward and resulted in a square that looked like the picture, but when I got to the directions for the first and second rounds of the border, I discovered that that if I followed the directions, the edge of the square would ruffle, and there would be too may stitches to correctly complete the fourth round.
So instead, I did the following:
Round 1: Starting in any corner crochet *(sc, ch-2, sc), then evenly place 13 stitches along the edge, repeat from * 3 times, join with sl st to first sc made (60sc and 4 ch-2 loops made).
Round 2: Starting in any corner crochet *(sc, ch-2, sc), and sc in next 15 sc, repeat from * 3 times, join with sl st to first sc made (64sc and 4 ch-s loops made).
After making these changes, I was able to properly complete the fourth round, and here is the result: