At work, we're doing an elementary school-style valentine exchange. Everyone is getting a little something for everyone else. I came up with this cute, if somewhat elaborate, sight gag.
I bought a 5 lb. box of Cutie mandarin oranges and devised this little fruit cozy to put on them since I figured taped cards might fall off. Plus, I think people will enjoy a bit of fruit during the deluge of sweets on Valentine's Day. All in all, each little orange cost me less than 30 cents to put together, and it's a lot more thoughtful than a store bought card.
And here's the pattern that I made up for these.
Rnd 1: Ch 5, sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, [DC, Ch2] repeat x6 (into ring). Finish with a sl st to the top of the Ch 3.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, [DC, Ch2, DC] into DC of previous round. [Ch3, group] repeat x6 (group is DC,Ch2,DC)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, [DC into Ch2-sp. Ch 2. DC into Ch3-sp. Ch 2.] repeat around. Finish with a sl st to top of Ch 3.
Rnd 5: Ch 3, [DC2TOG, Ch3] repeat x6
With green: (leaf)
sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC, SC, 4 HDC in last ch.
On other side, SC, SC, sl st.
Slip in your fruit and use a bit of yarn to loosely weave in the last round to be used as a drawstring. Before tying a bow in your drawstring, make a little tag and slip that onto the yarn.