Vincennes Socks by Kim Swingle

Vincennes Socks

April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette knit in the round, unblocked
US 1 - 2.25 mm
360 - 545 yards (329 - 498 m)
Small, Medium, Large
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The inspiration for this design came from the round turrets and bartizans commonly seen on medieval castles. The Chateau de Vincennes, located near Paris, France, is an excellent example of what I had in mind as I created the design.

This project is perfect for that special set of gradient mini skeins you have been saving or to help use up all those little balls of sock yarn leftover from other projects.

Pattern includes sizes Small (Medium, Large); shown in size Medium. Foot circumference up to 7 (8.5, 11) in / 18 (22, 27) cm

Main Color: Approximately 275 (345, 415) yd / 250 (315, 380) m fingering weight weight yarn
Contrast Color: Approximately 85 (110, 130) yd / 80 (100, 120) m fingering weight yarn

Shown in Canon Hand Dyes Bruce Yak fingering (435yd/100g), Naked (main color) and Autumn Rainbow gradients (contrasting colors)

Written for 2 circular needles; DPN’s or the Magic Loop method could also be used, with the instructions being modified appropriately.


  • Knitting in the round
  • Knit/Purl
  • Decreases (k2tog, ssk)
  • Picking up stitches
  • Slipping stitches
  • Grafting/Kitchener Stitch
  • Chart reading required

Thank you to my test knitters Josée and Carie for their time and input. Your efforts were very much appreciated!