Oops, I'm using the small one! I took the stitches out on the longer one. There were 77 stitches in two passes. The inner pass was33 and the outer 44. All of the stitches were very tight, though. I'm not sure if maybe it was done this way on purpose so a small eye could be formed in the loop. They might have slightly heated the stitches and pressed the cord on top to hold it until the shrink tube was put on.