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It's easy to lose count of chains when you are making them. One way to keep track of how many you have made is to insert a stitch market every 5 or 10 chains, then just count the stitch markers to know how far you've gotten. Also, when working up a length of chain stitches, do not count the loop on the hook as a stitch. So, if the instructions tell you to "ch 25", you should have 25 complete chain stitches plus the loop on the hook.