First, here's my infamous Ravelry ID pic (I'm jenhagan there if you're on--look me up!) This is the Treehugger Mitts & Headband (obviously). It's done in the Jewel Cross-Rib stitch from the second Barbara Walker Treasury. I love this stitch! It's so much fun to execute, especially on these fingerless mitts and headband. You do the headband first, which familiarizes you with the stitch pattern, and then you're ready for the mitts.
Here's a pic of my tester Sue's pair on her daughter Kaity. Both samples are worked in Cascade 220 Superwash, which is the perfect yarn for the Treehuggers. So soft and comfy.
I think these mitts would be great for guys, too. They're not dainty, but look kinda Medieval gauntletty to me.
Next up, the Lace & Lattice Socks in Universal Yarns Pace. These socks start with a lace cuff top and morph into an easy knit/purl lattice stitch for the rest of the sock. The lattice goes down into the heel flap and out onto the wedge toe. The pattern has charts and written instructions for each part of the sock--from top to toe.
Even better, here is my tester Tracey's sock in Socka. Love the blue and love her socks. These socks have a dual personality--dainty surprise at the top of standard-looking diamond-enhanced fabric. The Mist Drops stitch pattern is also in BW's Second Treasury and is a super fun stitch. I learned the sl 1, k1, p2sso maneuver on these socks, with Tracey's help. My testers are great--they teach me stuff all the time!