Last spring I found a pattern for crocheted mittens that looked great to me, although I am not much of a crocheter. I sent it to an expert I know for a test drive, and she said it was very good -- well written, and fast. That pattern, for Mrs. Murdock's Mittens, has a new URL. You can find it here now:
If you are a crocheter, you could easily make a pair in time for the deadline. . .