Using Lion Brand Magic Stripes yarn in Denim, I did a gauge swatch using size 3, double pointed needles (DPN's). My gauge swatch let me know that I needed to do these socks on a size 2 set of DPN's. Since I do two socks at the same time (Yes, I use ten DPN's at the same time. Not on the same sock, of course. I work the cuff on one and switch over to the cuff on number two. Then, I work down to the heel flap on one before doing the same on the other.), I cut the ball in two to have two equally weighted balls. In doing so though, I lost the repeat by about a half and inch! I really wanted to have matching stripes and ruined that for myself by not understanding how the repeat worked. Next time, I will use my ball winder and go slowly to find the exact spot where the pattern repeats itself.