I've been re-learning crochet now for the past year and a half, and have made quite a few things since then. You can see my Crochet photoset here: Shandeh's Crochet Photos
Last week, my hubby and I were at the library, and I found a copy of Coats & Clarks "Crochet Made Easy".
I decided to check it out, and re-teach myself the basics. I'm glad I did, because I have been confused about starting and ending each of my rows correctly. After going through the lessons on the CD with yarn and hook in hand, I feel MUCH better. I even learned some new stitches! (DTC & TTC)
After a while, I realized that I would forget some of the guidelines I learned for beginning and ending rows, so I made a little spreadsheet to help me remember it all later on. This chart shows how many chains you need to get 11 stitches per row, using different crochet stitches (SC, HDC, DC, TC, DTC, TTC).
Maybe this will help some other beginners like me.