Suna Mandara by Nickie Chapin

Suna Mandara

April 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
5.5 mm (I)
5550 - 5650 yards (5075 - 5166 m)
one size
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In the mid 1990’s strange, circular drawings were found on the sea floor off the coast of Japan. Beautiful, circular drawings in the sand measuring approximately 7 feet across. It was discovered that the artist behind these sand mandalas was a newly discovered species of puffer fish. The small, approximately 5 inches, male puffer fish would work days moving sand and constructing the peaks and valleys of the design simply by flapping his fins, then decorating his work with bits of shells. The laborious design is all to attract a mate. If the female puffer fish likes the design she will lay her eggs in the fine sand at the center for the male to then fertilize.

This design spent a few months floating around in my head. I discovered the art of the Japanese puffer fish not long after I designed Ziggy’s Odyssey, but became sidetracked with Kaleidoscope Garden, Midsummer Nights, and then Flight of Fantasy. The mandala was brought back to my attention toward the end of designing Flight, the rest is history. This design is delicate and flowing. The colors I chose help give the it movement and an appearance of depth without having to use too much texture, which I felt would take away from the design.

Hook size- I 5.5mm
Yarn- Herrschners Worsted 8 (100% acrylic; 8 oz, 489 yd) or any worsted weight yarn
Yardage- total yds. Please Note: Weights and measurements are for Herrschners Worsted 8. If you choose to use another brand of yarn, which is perfectly ok, your amounts used could vary greatly from what is listed.
Color 1- Sleet (1010)
Color 2- China Blue (1021)
Color 3- Teal (1066)
Color 4- Midnight (1023)
Color 5- Royal (1008)
Color 6- Black (1010)
Color 7- Blue Smoke (1016)
Color 8- Glacier (1064)
Color 9- Sterling (1020)
Finished size-