The Tidy is a cone shaped receptacle to hold personal items for one’s toilette that can be hung by its ribbons. It is described in the pattern as a “convenient” object whose “lining, when soiled, is easily renewed,” as are “the ribbons while the knitting itself can be carefully washed more than once and made up again and again with fresh trimmings.”
The original pattern calls for “Strutt’s knitting cotton,” “No. 8” in two colours (“any…but white,” and “four steel needles No. 14” (modern equivalent 2mm/US 0.) Cardboard and ribbons are also needed for the finishing touches.
After trying out several different kinds of cotton thread on the suggested size of needles, I settled on Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet (Size 10) in shades of burgundy and yellow. It knit up nicely although the finished object is, once again, smaller than the description leads one to believe. A conical cardboard lining, made up “in the form of a “sugar-paper”” would stretch out the lacy lower section and ”keep it of a good and even shape.” More board, run though the folded over and stitched top section would also make that part more prominent and supportive of the weight of the contents of the Tidy.
The Tidy is knit from the top down, the rim around it being folded over with an eyelet row at the fold, creating “a little ornamental finish for the top.” It is gathered at the bottom, like a drawstring, with ribbon and garnished with “several ends or streamers, made from some of the same ribbon,” as seen in the illustration. I, on the other hand, was stash busting and only had enough ribbon for the “loop” at the top and so made the lower tassel out of the cotton yarn.
My Tidy measures 4 ¼” long and 2 ¾” wide across the top yellow band. It does not have the cardboard inserts.
All quotations are from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume Eleven, Interweave Press, 2004