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I don't know if crochet guage requires similar treatment as knit guage, but when you're swatching to get your gauge (doing that fun square that you'll unravel after you've measured and are ready to start the work), on knitting you should do a few rows of garter stitch, and do about 20-25 stitches and the same number of rows. it's much easier to count from inside that nice flat square, and will be far more accurate than trying to do the exact number of stitches. I would assume crochet would be similar - so pretend you're making a small dishcloth. It's a pita, and I HATE to swatch, but if you don't do it properly you won't really know if your guage is right.
And, if you find you're off in either direction, try going up or down a half or full needle size to accomodate the difference.