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You want the cross-stitch to be the most beautiful.
The keyword for it is consistency of your stitching. It doesn't matter if you start your embroidery with "///" or with "\\\", it is important how you continue it. Just be consistent throughout the needlework project.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 249 x 305 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 17.8 x 21.8 inches or 452 x 553 mm
Suggested Material Size: 23.7 x 27.7 inches or 602 x 703 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands

Beautiful Betty by Albert Lynch
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249 x 305 stitches 46 colors

Remember, cross-stitch is considered counted embroidery.
So count count count count again and double check your counting. It really helps minimize mistakes.
Gridding save you a lot of time (and your sanity too). Cross stitch is meant to be relaxing. Make your hobby hugely beneficial for your mental and physical health.