Single Rope Braid - Chain Sinnet





Introduction: Single Rope Braid - Chain Sinnet

About: Jack-of-all trades, master of some. I would probably be much more modest if it wasn't for these delusions of granduer that I suffer from.

The chain sinnet is a type of macrame knot that allows you to make a braid out of a single strand of rope.

This is a simple easy way to store rope that has several advantages.

It shortens up the length of rope for storage or while in use

It is a great way to store rope because it resists tangles and knots

It is a cheap an easy way to entertain little kids by letting them unravel it

Step 1: Start With a Basic Slip Knot

Start with a loop

pass the working end up through the loop and pull to tighten

Step 2: Making the Chain Sinnet

take the working end and pass it through the loop of the slip knot

pull to tighten creating a new loop

wash .. rinse .. repeat

Step 3: Finishing the Chain

when you have shortened up your rope sufficiently .. or come to the end (which ever comes first)

take the working end of your rope and pass it all the way through the loop

pull to tighten

Step 4: Reducing Your Rope

There is no exact reduction value because it will vary depending on how thick your rope is, and also how tightly you weave your chain sinnet, but on average it is around a 5:1 reduction. 

I started with a 50 foot length of rope and after doing one pass of the chain sinnet weave my rope was about 10 feet long.

weaving it a second time reduced it from 10 feet down to just over 2 feet. 

weaving it a third time made it a bundle about 6 inches long (that looked like a tangled mess but still came apart easily).

In order to unravel the rope all you need to do is pull the working end of the rope back through the last loop.

pull working end of the rope until you have unraveled as much of the chain as you need.



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    12 Discussions

    Excellent ible! Way back in the colonial days this was called a monkey chain and was used by drummers to make a loop they would use to carry the drum (i believe it was called a drag line but I'm not sure).

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    I fold the rope from the middle and do double stands of this weave. Same patter as this but for every single strand you see in this, my weave would have two and theoretically halves your length in the end

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    Reminds me a bit of gimp necklaces and gum wrapper bracelets. Also another way to end it might be to thread it through a keychain or that loop at the end of a knife or other pocket tool when you do so.

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    maybe with a shorter thinner cord .. this was 50 feet of clothesline rope. even after the weaving reduction 10 feet is an awful long keychain .. lol

    man .. you ain't right in the head ... that must be why we have stayed friends all these years LOL

    I did this once and gradually made it tighter as I went down, and then pulled the end through and left about three inches of rope left with a small knot in the middle of it. It made a decent whip.

    I use this method for cleaning up extension cords....I have always called it 'daisy chaining' but I am not sure if that is correct, or just what I was told growing up. This is a really simple method, and when used on extension cords makes them nearly impossible to tangle.

    Thanks for the instructible.

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    I've heard it called "daisy chaining" with extension cords, too. But we called it "finger crochet" when I was a kid and we did it with yarn. You get the same result as a crochet chain stitch, so I understand where that one came from.

    This looks like the method I used to use to shorten the tag end of lead ropes, on horses that were tied for for grooming. The horse could not pull the rope loose, but one quick tug on the other end would release the horse in a split second. I never thought of it as a way to shorten rope for storage, but what a good idea!