Wish I could do that stitch K: from Flicker photo LaceCrochet 1 2 puff stitches, consisting of 5 long hdc each (a total of 21 yarn-overs on the hook and each stitch having been pulled up to about one inch tall)
Have you tried making bath scrubbies? They're really simple to crochet and a great way of using up leftover bits and pieces of yarn (or knitlon) Click through for free pattern. Uses Nylon Knitting Ribbon.
I have done the tube in several different ways, even with beads, but I have never did it this way. It is foreign, but you can understand it by looking at the video. This can be used in so many different ways with different sizes yarn and hook.