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What is Hygge? 24 Hygge Knitting Patterns

Hygge style knitting has taken the fiber world by storm and we can't get enough! Check out some of our favorite comfy, cozy knitting patterns.

By: Kathryn Abrams, Editor,
What is Hygge 24 Hygge Knitting Patterns

What is hygge? The Danish term, pronounced “hoo-gah,” has seemingly taken the Internet world by storm in recent years. Hygge refers to a feeling of happiness, coziness, and comfort and it has inspired people to throw on a bulky sweater, curl up with a good book, and sip their favorite soothing tea or mulled wine as they enjoy the cozy contentment and simple joys of life.

In The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets of Happy Living, author Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, says hygge is an incredibly important part of being Danish and is considered “a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA.” Since Denmark is consistently ranked #1 for happiness in the world, it certainly seems like they’re on to something when it comes to living the hygge life.

Since hygge is all about embracing the simple, small pleasures that make life great, it should come as no surprise to learn the key elements of hygge include warm blankets, woolly socks and sweaters, hot drinks, and fireplaces.

When you are savoring every morsel of a cozy, comforting meal or relaxing on the couch under your softest blanket, you’re experiencing a “hyggelig” moment (a moment that is very hygge).

For us knitters, hygge can be achieved by working on a new pattern as we relax by candlelight or focusing on the gratitude we feel as we create hats or blankets for a special charity donation.

At the core of hygge is the idea of staying inside and hibernating through the cold winter months, so knocking off some items on your knitting to-do list while your relax at home sounds like the perfect match.

Keep in mind the meaning of hygge does not only apply to cold and snowy days. Since hygge is a broad approach to living that embraces positivity and enjoyment of everyday experiences, you can practice it all year long.

Hygge Knitting Patterns

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So now that you can define hygge, you’re probably wondering how it relates to your love of yarn. When it comes to hygge style knitting, it’s particularly important to focus on patterns with a thick yarn weight such as bulky or super bulky. Cable knit details and oversized designs are also a great way to emphasize the cozy aspect of hygge. Think oversized sweaters, extra thick blankets, fuzzy socks, and super scarves.

It’s easy to get that warm and fuzzy feeling when you’re finally able to throw on the super soft sweater you’ve been working on for the past few weeks.

Lucky for us, hygge and knitting seem to go hand-in-hand.

If you’re looking for the best hygge knitting patterns, take a look at the collection we’ve curated below.

How do you incorporate hygge into your daily life?

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I am all about the new hygge trend ever since I found out about it. I immediately bought the book and love it so far. It makes so much sense to find happiness in cozy contentment! I think we're expected to always feel we don't have enough or there is something more to reach for, and there is merit to goal setting and all of that! But I think hygge reminds us to be in the moment, grateful for what we have. Contentment is certainly not a bad thing, and what not a better way to be contented than, say, knitting with friends on a Thursday during your lunch break, or generally cozying up with a good book. We have so much to appreciate!


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