I love to crochet, and have designed these patterns myself. They are offered on a freemium basis; the basic pattern is available here, and a more detailed version is available at a small cost from my Ravelry store. You don’t have to buy the paid version unless you need extra help (such as explanatory notes or photo tutorials), or if you’d like to support my work. (My kids and I will greatly appreciate any such purchases!)

Mandarin Orange

Mandarin Orange with Leaves.

magic loop of 6 sc with yarn A
change to yarn B
Rnd 1: 2sc to end {12 sts}
Rnd 2: *2sc, sc, repeat from * to end {18 sts}
Rnd 3: *2sc, sc2, repeat from * to end {24 sts}
Rnd 4-5: sc24
Rnd 6: *2sc, sc5, repeat from * to end {28 sts}
Rnd 7: *sc2tog, sc5, repeat from * to end {24 sts}
Rnd 8: *sc2tog, sc4, repeat from * to end {20 sts}
Rnd 9: *sc2tog, sc3, repeat from * to end {16 sts}
Rnd 10: *sc2tog, sc2, repeat from * to end {12 sts}
Rnd 11: sc2tog to end {6 sts}
stuff mandarin and fasten off

Mandarin Orange Leaf

chain 7 with yarn A
Row 1: sc into 2nd ch BP, hdc BP, dc2 BP, hdc BP, sc BP
ch2 and turn to front of initial ch7
Row 2: sc, hdc, dc2, hdc, sc
ch1 and join with ss to 1st sc of row 1
fasten off

Nian Gao (Rice Cake)

Nian Gao; rice cake with sewn raisins.

magic loop of 5 sc
Rnd 1: 2sc to end {10 sts}
Rnd 2: *2sc, sc, repeat from * to end {15 sts}
Rnd 3: *2sc, sc2, repeat from * to end {20 sts}
Rnd 4: *2sc, sc3, repeat from * to end {25 sts}
Rnd 5: sc25 BL
Rnd 6-9: wct25
Rnd 10: sc25 BL
Rnd 11: *sc2tog, sc3, repeat from * to end {20 sts}
Rnd 12: *sc2tog, sc2, repeat from * to end {15 sts}
Rnd 13: *sc2tog, sc, repeat from * to end {10 sts}
stuff rice cake and fasten off

Abbreviations List

BL = back loop only
BP = back post
dc = double crochet (UK: tr)
hdc = half double crochet (UK: htr)
sc = single crochet (UK: dc)
ss = slip stitch
wct = waistcoat stitch