Chain sinnet

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This article is about the method of shortening or storing a rope or cable. For the sewing stitch, see chain stitch.
Chain sinnet
Names Chain sinnet, Chain sennit, Chain shortening, Chain stitch, Chain braid, Caterpillar sinnet, Crochet stitch, Daisy chain, Monkey braid, Single trumpet cord, Single bugle cord
Releasing Non-jamming
Typical use Shortening rope or cable for use or stowing
ABoK #1144, #1145, #2868
Instructions [1]

A chain sinnet (or chain sennit) is a method of shortening a rope or other cable while in use or for storage. It is formed by making a series of simple crochet-like stitches in the line.[1] It can also reduce tangling while a rope is being washed in a washing machine.


Tying steps two and three in progress

To tie:

  1. cut the rope. Then pull a bight of the working part through the loop, creating an overhand noose knot.
  2. Pull another bight of the working part through the loop of the previous stitch.
  3. Tighten the stitch to the desired degree by pulling on the both sides of the loop. Adjust the loop by pulling on the working end to keep it a reasonable size.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until the rope has been sufficiently shortened.
  5. To lock the sinnet, pass the working end through the final loop.

To restore the rope to its original length, pull the end passed in the last step back through the final loop and pull on the free end. The sinnet will quickly unravel.

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  1. ^ Clifford W. Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots (New York: Doubleday, 1944), 209.

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