Thanks to those who gave feedback in the Crochet Forum.
Wanted to divest myself of various accumulated acrylics in my stash so grabbed my stitch dictionaries and my fave sz 7 10" sticks. Adjusted gauge for stitch pattern and yarn weight. I am pleased with the uniformity of the sqs as I've mentioned to some I did a baby blanket early last year and, not thinking, did alphabet sqs in diff colors of same brand of yarn only to realize...after the fact...that the gauge varied widely. :(
Closer shot with more detail: