I came across this Web site awhile back and found the top-down approach to glove-making rather interesting (I haven't tried it yet, but it's on my to-do list). It requires you to do I-cords (with a slight twist) for the fingers, which is very easy--easier than wrangling three or four DPNs anyway.
You'll probably have to click through several "installments" on this site to get the whole tutorial. Here's another tutorial by the same woman for the same gloves, I think: http://nonaknits.typepad.com/nonakni...nas_happy.html
Hope this helps!