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Introducing: The Hygge Collection & Fika

August 2015 752aYesterday was a bit of a hectic day. We walked all over Glasgow trying to get good photos of the first pattern in the Hygge collection. After having posed in three different locations, David said to me: “I never asked. What’s the shawl’s name?” – I replied: “Fika. Fee-ka. It’s a Swedish word for a coffee-break where you spend quality time sorting out the world with your loved ones.”


And then he marched me to a coffee shop and we snapped a handful of photos there between sips of coffee.

In many ways, the Hygge collection feels different to the other things I’ve designed. I think that is why I struggled to understand what Dave knew instinctively: I should not be posing somewhere – I should just relax with a cup of coffee. This thing is more personal and very down-to-earth. Maybe this seems odd coming from a designer, but I am slightly shocked that I’ve allowed myself the freedom to be relaxed about designing. The stitch palette was fun: textures that let the yarns shine and some easy lace motifs. The colour palette was even better (I’ll show you more later but how good is that orange Pirkkalanka?).

I have worked on some very conceptual things in the past (and will again in the future) but Hygge is just about the little joyful things I find in my everyday life. While the collection is very much about my Scandinavian heritage, I think you can find your own pockets of hygge no matter who you are or where you live. 

Fika will be released as a stand-alone pattern on August 31, but you can pre-order the Hygge: Knit the Things You Love to Wear collection now. It’ll cost slightly different things depending upon where you live, but it is 25% off from now until August 31. The collection contains five small projects (Fika is by far the more time-consuming!) – all accessories and all items you’ll keep reaching for again and again.

I am now going to sit in the back yard with a cup of coffee, my pile of books, and I’ll get back to my research. August is a crazily busy month for me, but I do need to make time for myself. Sitting in the sunshine seems like a good start.

3 Thoughts on “Introducing: The Hygge Collection & Fika

  1. OK, so this is a weird coincidence. I’ve just been out to lunch (which I spent in the car, looking out over the Solent, knitting) and when I came back I had the impulse to buy my boss a decent cup of coffee from the deli counter here so she didn’t have to put up with the normal vending machine rubbish. She’s a good boss, she deserves decent coffee. So I read my emails, while drinking my own, decent, coffee and I started reading about Fika and the concept of putting the word to rights coffee-breaks. They sound wonderful, I’ll have one with my boss next week. Thanks Karie.

    PS the shawl looks amazing.

  2. Charlotte on August 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm said:


  3. Kirsten on August 13, 2015 at 9:23 pm said:

    I have to tell you, how much your project means to me, personally! When I opened your post and listened to the little “Hygge” video, a smile pulled at my face and hasn’t stopped yet. My Dad was Danish. I’ve always felt very proud of my Danish part, if you will. Dad told wonderful stories and I longed to go there. Dad and I talked about a trip, looked at some wonderful articles , all the things you do, planning a trip. We agreed when we celebrated our Birthdays, we make it all final. Before that weekend arrived. Dad was found to have a very small tumor, about the size of the erasers on pencils, on the upper lob of his right lung. I was sure that something that small could be handled. After the PET scan, he was given only a few months to live. He had gone to the Doc for his normal annual check and hadn’t felt bad. Dad was always very active and lying in bed never was his style. He passed a few weeks later. We never had our trip and I never really had the heart to go after that. That was 14 years ago. Time seems to pass so quickly that even saying it seems funny. I remember his voice so clearly. Anyway…here we are. I spent a few moments learning all about a “Hygge” and found that there was more to come. I’m really looking forward to hearing more. And, in a way, it feels like Dad is right here looking over my shoulder and smiling. Maybe, before to long, I’ll be ready to take that trip, and think of all the knitted “Hygges” I’ll have to take with me!
    Oh, almost forgot…I’ve found that there are moments, for some weird reason, that my Guy, will out of nowhere, key into these things. All the sudden, he knows what to say and do, when I’m totally undone! That is unsettling, all it’s own. Here, I’ve been telling him for years, that women are, well, a mystery. That he shouldn’t try to figure us all out, and not to feel bad, because all Men were like that. I’m horrified that he’ll get that there really isn’t a mystery, or think he’s got it all figured out. Not Good, not good, although, your’s was very good and in the nick of time. Lord, I hope the Men don’t become a mystery this late in the game!
    So, I’ve tarried on for longer than I should have. I’ll be waiting, with smile, for the next “Hygge”

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