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Chain Sennit

Chain Sennit

Description: The Chain Sennit is a historical knot that is sometimes called the Caterpillar Sennit.

It's simply a series of folded bights passed through one another. It's often used by electricians to organize cables and extension cords, so it has several uses.

Some of the braids and bars listed in Learn Macrame are related to this decorative knot, so it's important to know how to tie it.

This design looks like a linked chain, and is a good choice for casual jewelry, belts and straps.

It's easy to tie, so is appropriate for Macrame projects involving children and beginners.


  First Loop  

Step 1: To practice, secure one end of a 60-inch cord to your board. Make a counter-clockwise loop 4 inches from the secured end.

The portion now on your right is the working end. Make sure it remains to your right at all times.


  First Bight  

Step 2: Fold the working end to make a bight. Push it through the first loop under - over (from below).

Pull on the bight to tighten the first loop. Reduce the size of the bight by pulling on the working end.


  Second Bight Through First  

Step 3: Create the next bight by folding the working end. Push it through the bight made in the previous step, under - over (from below).

Pull on the new bight firmly, to tighten the previous one. Adjust the size of the new bight by pulling on the working end.


  Pass End Into Last Bight  

Step 4: Repeat step 3 several more times until the Chain Sennit is several inches in length.

To finish, pass the working end through the the last bight (rather than another bight).


  Back and Front Views   Here's a closer view of both the back and front.  

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