I made her a pair a few years ago which she still wears (see here), but she keeps those 'for best' and wanted a pair that she could wear every day and not worry about. She wanted a very dark purple, and I found just the right colour in Wendy Merino DK, which I use a lot. It's called Sloe - the colour of sloe gin.
I knitted them in woven stitch, a slip-stitch pattern that does look like woven fabric on the right side. It has a four-row (or four-round) repeat. If you are knitting in rounds, on an even number of stitches, it goes like this:
Rounds 1 & 3: Knit.
Round 2: (Knit 1, Slip 1 with yarn in front) to end.
Round 4: (Slip 1 with yarn in front, Knit 1) to end.
It is somewhat similar to linen stitch, though much less dense.
The mitts fit well (we kept trying them on as I was knitting) and are reported to be very warm.