In 2016 the Oxford English Dictionary declared the runner-up for their word of the year – “hygge” – the Danish concept of cosiness.* Hygge is all about togetherness, cosiness and conviviality. It was a cultural phenomenon, with many books being released on how to hygge, especially in the home. Two years on, being hyggeligt (hygge-like) is still as relevant to knitting, crochet and interiors – and we feature some special hyggeligt makes in Knit & Stitch Creative magazine.
There’s something very hyggeligt about the process of sitting and making an item – whether you’re into knitting, crochet, cross stitch, embroidery or any other type of craft. These bedroom slippers from Issue 15, to us, really emphasise the idea of hygge. They are simple to knit with delicate embellishments and appropriate buttons – there are no frills and excess here, but it’s cosiness and Scandinavian simplicity at its finest. These are something you should make for yourself before anyone else.
Speaking of focussing on yourself, there’s nothing more indulgent or hyggeligt than our spa and beauty set in Issue 25. This matching cushion and eye mask set (see the main image) is knitted in our super soft yarn, Grisaille. When the cushion is knit up it’s as soft as laying on a cloud. Light some candles, put on your comfiest cosiest dressing gown and enjoy some peace and tranquility in your own home. Bliss!
Speaking of candles, there isn’t anything much more hygge than cosy lighting – whether it’s from a fireplace or simple tealights. Our lantern holders in Issue 26 are simple to knit, using lengths of iCord. This quirky, functional design is best knit in muted colours for a hygge-like look where the candle is centre stage.
Are you tempted to make any of these? Let us know on Facebook – @CreaCrafts.
*In case you’re curious, the top new word of that year was “Brexit”