How to Make a "Slip" Chain




This is a way to shorten rope that my friend and I came up with while we were at a scout camp.
It is a chain of slipknots that will come either come undone when both ends are pulled simultaneously or stay together when the end is knotted
(This is my first instructable so be vicious with what i could improve)

Step 1: Materials

All you need to do this is a length of rope that you want shortened and about 5 to 10 minutes of time depending on the length of the rope

Step 2: Beginning the Chain

To begin make a loop in the rope with the short end of the rop passing over the long end to the left

Then using the long side make a bend near the loop

Next pass the bend through the loop and pull and then pull it tight creating another loop
(to tighten pull on the side that is not loos in this case the left one)

Now make another bend in the long part of the rop and pass it through the loop you just created then tighten it.

Step 3: Continuing the Chain

Now simply repeat until you have reached the end of the rope or until you get bored.

Step 4: Undoing the "Slip Chain"

To undo the chain simply grab hold of the two loose ends and pull them away from each other
and the chain will come apart
(if the chain is pulled overly tight it may be a little harder to pull apart)

Step 5: Locking the Chain

To lock the chain so that it does not come undone is simple.
Instead of making a bend and passing it through the loop
take the end of the rope and pass it through the loop

Step 6: Enjoy

Heres a Video of the chain being undone

Thanks go out to
My friend for helping me design this
My Scoutmaster fro providing more rope when we broke the first
and to you fro taking the time to read this



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    14 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Even though this is not something entirely new, it is a good thing to post. As you can read from the many comments, this technique can be used in many different ways for many different purposes. Perhaps readers who have not seen it before will think of new ways to use it.

    We use this daisy chain to gather up the extra line when tying up our horses. It stays out of the way of their hooves, it doesn't come apart if they pull it from their end, and if they panic for some reason it comes apart quickly from my end.

    Good job on your first Instructable. It is easy to understand and you have provided lots of photos.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    U.S. Paratroopers call this a static line! It's what they hook up to that cable in the airplane with the other end to the rip cord of their parachute before they jump in the movies. It keeps the long line short while in the plane and from getting tangled. Also works good with extension cords.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I've always called this fingerknitting... Great instructable, good pictures, Descriptive..... I hope your second is just as good!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    quick way to make a daisy chain or gear loop when you're rock climbing....if you've got more gear than you've got places to hang this to some parachord or rope or whatever and you've got a pretty quick gear loop as long as you knot the ends


    I came up with this same process! lol. You can also use it for longer sections as well... when you get up to 50 or 100 ft of rope, you can also double or quadruple the rope up, though still knotting it the same way. When camping or rigging things, its nice to not have to spend forever untangling the rope. :)

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Congratulations. You have just crocheted without a hook. Of course it would take a LARGE hook when using thick rope. Rope may make some interesting projects.

    Logan D

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I used this when I was backpacking and I had somewhere in the neighborhood of a few dozen feet of rope. By chaining it like this and then chaining the chain you can clip a large amount of rope onto a pack easily