I didn't want to overcomplicate the design as this will sit on the floor. Using two yarns together as talked about in the tutorial, can hide the dust better than doing a solid colour.
I used Caron Cakes which I used the outside strand and interior strand of the same ball. I used 1 full cake and a bit of a second one. You could do two Caron Cakes if it's easier for you instead of the way I did it.
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Materials & Sizing
Caron Cake (200g / 7.1 oz, 350 m/ 383 yds)
- 2 Caron Cakes - Fruit Cobbler and Lavender were used for example.
Use size 5.5 mm, U.S. I/9 crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
Poly-fil stuffing for toys and crafts.
Measurement of approximately 38" long x 4" diameter
- Beg = Beginning
- Ch = Chain
- Rep = Repeat
- Rnd = Round
- RS = Right Side
- Sc = Single Crochet
- Sc2tog = Single Crochet 2 Together. Draw up a loop around the assigned stitch and draw up a loop in the next assigned st. Yoh and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
- St(s) = Stitch(es)
Create the Marled Look
- We will be crocheting with 2 strands.
- Grab the inside strand and exterior strand and hold them together. The ball will unravel together.
Place the ball on the floor (can be inside a bow) beside you so the cake is flat. The yarn strands will come up over your armrest to your hands. The cake shouldn’t roll around this way keeping it under control.
Note: This pattern is worked in continuous rounds so there is no slip stitching.
Use two strands held together to crochet this project. Use a stitch marker to help you keep count as you will be doing a continuous round.
With two strands held together, ch 2.
1st rnd: RS. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join. Use stitch marker on the last stitch. As you pass each round, move the stitch marker to the last stitch. 6 sc.
2nd rnd: 2 sc in each sc around. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. 18 sc.
4th rnd: *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. 24 sc.
You can stop using a stitch marker now until you are ready to decrease.
5th rnd: 1 sc in each st around. 24 sc.
Rep rnd 5 until approximately 38”.
You may want to stuff on a periodic basis as you go as it may be easier due to the length. Do not overstuff the tube as you want it to be soft so it will naturally fall into the shape to cover the gaps.
Next rnd: *1 sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog. Rep from * around. 18 sc.
Next rnd: *1 sc in next sc, sc2tog. Rep from * around. 12 sc.
Next rnd: Sc2tog around. 6 sts.
Break yarn leaving a long tail. Using tail, collect remaining sts and pull closed. Fasten off.