Here's what you'll need:
A little less than an ounce (45 yards) of worsted weight cotton yarn. This is Sugar n Cream in Plum Pudding.
A set of 4 or 5 size 7 (4.5 mm) double point needles or circular needles long enough for magic loop.
Yarn needle for weaving in the ends.
Optional: crochet hook for making a hanging loop.
Finished size is about 4.5 by 6 inches, big enough to cover the average hand. I use mine with my thumb sticking out to hold on to it.
Here's how to make it:
Cast on 36 stitches, divide stitches evenly on your needles (18-18 for magic loop, 12-12-12 for 3 dpn, 8-8-8-8 for 4 dpn)
be careful not to twist stitches and join for working in the round. You can use a marker to keep track of the beginning of the round or just watch for the hanging tail of yarn from your cast on.
Round 1: Purl all stitches (this is the opening at the top)
Round 2 and 3: Knit all stitches
Round 4 and 5: Knit 2, Purl 2 all the way around
Round 6-33: Repeat rounds 2-5 7 more times
Round 34: Knit all stitches
Divide stitches evenly onto 2 neeldes (18 and 18) Use kitchener stitch to graft the bottom closed or if kitchener gives you the willies, you can use the 3 needle bind off (visiting knittinghelp.com for illustrated instructions on how to do either of these)
If you want to add a hanging loop, you can crochet a chain of 20 stitches and attach it at the corner or even make a bit of icord.
Also, I almost forgot to mention - this is best after machine washing and drying, after it shrinks up a little.
Copyright 2008 Traci Heiner, free for personal use.