Blackthorn by Robin Melanson
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February 2008
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch using larger needles and DK yarn
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
246 - 361 yards (225 - 330 m)
Woman's small/medium, large (7.25", 8" circumference)

The blackthorn is a tree that produces the small fruit known as sloe berries, from which sloe gin is made. A cocktail of the same name is made from sloe gin and sweet vermouth. These fitted gloves, worked in a lovely and strong Shetland wool with the unusual addition of leather lacing on the back of the hand, remind me of that cocktail: a mysterious elixir with a sharp name, not overly sweet.