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Genoese Zipper

 
Genoese Zipper Sennit
 

Description: The Genoese Zipper is related to both the  Chain Sennit and the Zipper Sennit.

It's a series of bights passed into one another. But you will be using two ends, as well as two colors, which makes it a little more complex than other sennits.

This decorative knot can be used for Paracord bracelets, purse straps, belts, and in other Macrame projects requiring a wide chain of knots.


The key to success is to make sure you can easily identify the two ends of both colors. Use tape to label one end of both cords.

 


 

This design comes from the Fusion Knots website

Designs by JD Lenzen

Click on the image to visit. The video gallery contains tutorials for other interesting knots.

 

Fusion Knots Website

 
 

The Genoese Zipper requires two 60-inch cords, each a different color. 

In the images, color A is purple and color B is brown.

 
Zipper Sennit - Steps 1 & 2  

Step 1:  Make a loop in the center of the color A cord, crossing the ends left over right.

Form a bight with the end now on the right.

Push it through the loop under - over (from below).

 

 
Optional Loop for Clasp   As you tighten the loop by pulling on the bight, you can leave a small amount loose for a clasp if you need one.

Mentally label the two ends where they are now.
 

 
Pass 2nd Cord Through  

Step 2: Fold the color B cord in half.

Pass it through the bight over - under (front to back).

Pull on the right end of the color A cord to tighten the first bight around the new cord.

 

 
Color A - Right  

Step 3:  Fold the right end of color A to make the next bight.

Pass it through the folded area of the color B cord, over - under (front to back).

Pull on both ends of color B to tighten it around this new bight.

 


Design Tip: From here, you will be alternating between the left and right ends on each side.

You use the left end of each color (steps 4 and 5), and then the right end of each color (steps 6 and 7).

The new bight is always passed through the front of the previous one, which is over - under.



 
Color B - Left  

Step 4: Fold the left end of color B to make the next bight.

Pass it through the bight previously made with color A.

Pull on the right end of color A to tighten.

 


Look closely at the following images. The end you are using in each step rests below the other end of the same color.

This way when you slide the new bight through the previous one, it passes over the opposite end.



 
Color A - Left  

Step 5:  Fold the left end of color A to make the next bight.

Pass it through the bight made in step 4 (color B).

Pull on the left end of color B to tighten.

 

 
Color B -- Right  

Step 6:  Fold the right end of color B, to make the next bight.

Pass it through the one made in step 5 (color A).

Pull on the left end of color A to tighten.

 

 
Continue alternating between the two ends on each side, until the Genoese Zipper is the size you need. 

The next 3 steps are shown below:


 
Step 7
Step 8
Step 9
Color A - Right   Color B - Left   Color A - Left
Color A -- Right   Color B -- Left   Color A -- Left
 

 
Pass End Through   Step 10: Instead of making another bight, pass the end of one color through the last bight made by the previous color (same pattern).

Pull the end of the last bight firmly to tighten.
 

 
Completed Sennit   This is a closer view of the completed Genoese Zipper sennit.
 
 


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