Mahika by Anne Kuo Lukito
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June 2010
32 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern (see pattern chart)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
Medium (X-Large)
This pattern is available for download for $6.00.

I studied cultural and social anthropology in school. Because of that background and my continued interest in the subject, I always seek out to see old buildings, indigenous culture and ancient artifacts in my travels. Mahika, which is Sanskrit for earth, is inspired by hand-painted tile work I’ve seen many of my travels.

This beanie hat is worked from the bottom up using a stranded colorwork technique.

Currently, Mahika is only available for purchase at your local yarn store or via PDF download from Bijou Basin Ranch.

Pattern help available in Crafty Diversions group.


  • Medium (X-Large). Sample shown worked in Medium.


  • Bijou Spun Lhasa (75% yak down, 25 % bamboo, 2oz./180yds), 1 skein Brown (CC), 1 skein White (MC)
  • US 3 / 3.25 mm 16” circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 3 / 3.25 mm 16” double-pointed needles (dpns), or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 1 / 2.25 or US 2 / 2.75 mm 16” circular needles, or 1-2 sizes smaller than larger needles
  • Darning needle
  • Stitch markers


  • 32 stitches and 28 rows = 4” (10cm) in Color work pattern (see pattern chart) worked in the round using larger needles.


  • Basic shaping, stranded colorwork


  • Clear written instructions

  • Charted colorwork