snoods / psneuds

I am sure, since I have been completely unable to restrain my excitement on all social media channels, that most of you will have already seen the small range of knitted accessories that we’ve made with Lockies.


Now, I have come to realise the “correct” application of the word snood is a matter for debate, and, in some quarters, a source of hot controversy. Is a snood a sort of turn-of-the-40s hairnet, as I recall being stylishly sported by Ginger Rogers in Billy Wilder’s deeply dubious film The Major and the Minor?

Or is a snood one of those cowl-like things that my grandma knitted for me in the 1980s, which, when pulled up over my head and ears, made a stylish contemporary accompaniment to my moon boots? Or is it (as per my current application) a tubular, circularly-knitted scarf?

This is certainly what springs to my mind when I visualise a snood these days, and my usage concurs with the term’s application by mainstream high street and online retailers to currently available accessories.

At one point last week, having vague concerns about the ambiguous nomenclature of the knitwear we had produced, I was filled with a strong desire to refer to these cosy lambswool tubes as PSNEUDS . . . but then abandoned the idea.

In any case, as far as I am concerned, language is correct through usage, and as long as I’m using these things (they are likely to see extended use over the autumn and winter months), I intend to refer to them as SNOODS.

You, on the other hand, must feel free to call them what you like.

Our SNOODS are fashioned from a generously-proportioned, double-layered fabric whose 140cm circumference can be wrapped comfortably twice around the neck. They are knitted and hand-finished to the very highest standards at Lockies from top-quality Hinchcliffe lambswool, and are a super-soft and really versatile cold-weather accessory.

Some people have been writing to ask about finishing and labelling: our snoods have been knitted using an innovative tubular method which has no “wrong” side and involves only a single, very unobtrusive seam (with a neat i-cord-like appearance) which has been designed to retain the continuous appearance of the allover pattern.

We spend a lot of time around here thinking about tags and labels: I am someone who tends to be irritated by garment care labels and routinely cuts them out. If that chimes with you, I hope you’ll be happy to find that the care and brand labels have been attached in such a manner that makes them easy to remove without damaging your snood.

If you are interested in a snood (or whatever you’d like to call it) you’ll find that they currently have their own dedicated section in our shop. Designed by me and made right here in Scotland, they make great gifts . . . though I’ve got one in each colour, and find that I’m really enjoying wearing each in turn.

Yours, fully snooded