So to start: the pattern. Which can be found here.
After you make the squares you basically go around and around, building above and below them at the same time. Of course, I adjusted the number of stitches accordingly, eliminating about a quarter of the width stitches to keep in line with the gauge. So now this is where I'm at.
At least a dozen more hours of work into it now. Probably more like 20-25 hours, but that's depressing. Because--I think I need to take it all out, at least back to the squares. The line just above them, which have the three prongs pointing down, is just too long. You can see its a little wavy, which is made worse when you gently curve the design, like it will be when worn.
See? I've already taken out more than a quarter of the stitches from that row, but I can no longer deny that it's still not right. And it's not something I can fix by blocking. There's just too much there. So I've stopped working on it until I feel like undoing all that work. Which may be never.
That's one of the worst things about crochet. You can't fix bits and pieces without affecting the whole like you usually can with sewing. You just have to go back. I've thought about continuing and just living with it, but I know if it's not perfect I'll never wear it, and then the entire thing will have been a waste.