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Making that first row of a project is always the toughest because you need to work into your chain of chain stitches. If you've made the chains too tight, it will be difficult; too loose, and your first row's edge won't be smooth. So, be sure to practice your chains until you can made uniform ones. Then, the next challenge is to know exactly where to insert your hook into the chain to make your stitches. The standard and more desirable (and most difficult!) insert point is between the "V" part of the chain stitch on top and the "bump" on the bottom. When you insert your hook at that point, you'll actually have the two loops of the top of the chain stitch on your hook as well as the original loop on your hook. This method is really tough on beginners, so an alternative is to insert your hook into the top loop of the chain stitch for each stitch. Take care not to twist the chain -- if you need to reorient yourself, just place the rope of chains onto a flat surface and smooth out before proceeding again.