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Chain Sennit

Chain Sennit

Description: The Chain Sennit is a historical knot that resembles a linked chain, which is what you see on the front of the sennit (shown above).

It sometimes called the Caterpillar Sennit, due to the design on the BACK.

This technique is often used by electricians organize cables, so it's practical as well as decorative.

This important basic knot is related to several other knots listed in Learn Macrame, including the Zipper Sennit and the Bugle Braid.

This design is a good choice for casual jewelry, belts and straps. It's easy to tie, so is appropriate for Macrame projects made by children and beginners.

To practice, you need one cord at least 36 inches long. 

When using this technique in a Macrame project, you need to cut the cord at least 7 x the finished length you are planning to make.  That will give you a little extra material so you can tie the ends together, such as for a bracelet or belt.


Step 1:  Secure one end of the cord to the board on your left.

Move over at least 2 inches (tail), then make a loop with the working end, rotating counter-clockwise.  

Pass the working end under the secured end to make the crossing point.


Fold the working end to make a bight, then pass it through the loop over - under (from the top).

  Tighten the first Slipknot by pulling the bight to tighten the loop.

Make the bight smaller by pulling on the working end.

New Bight
  Step 2:  Fold the working end to make another bight, then pass it through the previous one over - under.

The tightening process for this knot takes three steps, which are shown below.

Step 1

The first step when tightening is to pull the segment furthest to the left, which will tighten the previous bight. 

This added step will help to make sure each link in the Chain Sennit is the same size.


Steps 2 and 3

The second step is to pull on the new bight

The third step is to pull the working end to make the new bight smaller.



Step 3:  Repeat step 2 several times, or until the sennit is the size you need for your project.

This image shows the BACK of the sennit turned face up. In the previous images, the sennit is resting on it's side.

Working End

Step 4:  To complete the sennit, pass the working end through the last bight you made.

Then tighten the bight firmly.

Front and Back

This shows the front and back views of the Chain Sennit.   There should be no large gaps.

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