Obsessed with Hygge? 5 Reasons Why We Love it SO Much

We admit it: we’re obsessed with hygge! But not everybody knows what it is. If you’re hygge-curious, read on for 5 great facts on this Danish lifestyle, plus knitwear ideas.

1. It’s a fun word to say.

It’s common to pronounce this Danish word phonetically. Hig-ee = wrong. Hue-gah = right.

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Lykke Sweater by Cheryl Toy, knitscene Winter 2017

2. It’s an ideal situation to imagine…

The Oxford English Dictionary defines hygge as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).” It is more than a lifestyle trend; it’s an ingrained and celebrated practice from Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia. In the long, dark, winter months close to the Arctic Circle, people retreat inside and create warmth, happiness, light, and comfort within their homes and workplaces to keep their spirits up.

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Flette Blanket by Lisa Jacobs, knitscene Winter 2017

3. Creating with love soothes the soul

It’s all about the love, as you can read in knitscene Winter 2017. In her article “The Meaning of Hygge,” Lousia Demmitt writes, “Making things with your hands for people you love is a huge part of it . Whether you’re putting logs on a fire, baking, or yarn crafting, you’re creating a little bit of happiness for someone.” The act of creating something comforting—including a handknitted project for yourself or a loved one—is what makes hygge more than just a fad. This mindset encourages us to live and create with positivity and love.

Frost Mittens by Allison O’Mahony, Interweave Knits Holiday 2017.

4. Hygge is portable!

Create this vibe wherever you go. Replicate that hygge feeling of contentment and coziness in any comfortable surrounding. If you can’t be home, curled up on the couch with hot chocolate, a crackling fire, a book, and your knitting, take that feeling on the road with your handknits. Instant comfort!

5. You’ll look cute.

Put on an oversized cowl to brace against the winter wind. Kick off your snow boots at work to reveal a pair of chunky, woolly cabled socks. Sip a cup of hot coffee and protect your hands with lined mittens. Or simply wrap up in your favorite cardigan when you go to the movies. There is no question that handmade knitwear and hygge go hand-in-hand.

Demetria Cowl by Susanna IC, knit.wear Fall/Winter 2017

Read more about this enchanting vibe,  and see the whole collection of “Hygge Style” in the new issue of knitscene Winter 2017. And let us know what you love about hygge!

Create comfort,
Meghan Babin


Enjoy the Hygge-centric

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