A short time ago I saw a pair of mittens a friend had knit that I really liked. She was nice enough to share the pattern with me so I could make some for myself.
In typical fashion (sigh), I didn't have the brand of yarn the pattern called for and not wishing to purchase more yarn since I have a large (you could hide a body in it) tote full of yarn, I used some that I had. I knew the yarn was a little different than that called for since I had to change needle size from those called for in the pattern to attain the correct gauge.
Followed the instructions for a "ladies" size, but (boo-hoo-hoo) they came out just a smidge small for me.
My daughter's hands are slightly bigger than mine so she couldn't wear them either, but she does have a good friend with small hands so that's who is destined to get the mittens this weekend.
I like the mittens so much -- they seem as if they'll be very warm as they feel almost like a felted item -- that I'm going to make another pair, in the men's size, hoping those will fit me. If those turn out too big, well, then my daughter may get a new pair of mittens yet.