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Larks Head Sennits

 
 

Larks Head Sennits (chains) can be made in several ways, but the most common are called alternating designs

They can be used as purse handles, belts, or jewelry.


Make sure you practice tying the Vertical Larks Head before creating the four designs on this page.


Larks Head Sennits



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Alternating LH Sennit  

Alternating Sennit #1

One of the most interesting Larks Head sennits is made by alternating between more than 2 cords.

The knots are facing opposite directions.

This vintage design was found in a Macrame book written in 1903.

 

 
You will need 4 cords folded in half, so you have 8 to work with. Make sure you use a project board.

To practice, I recommend you use two colors, which can be arranged any way you wish.

Larks Head sennits are usually made with one or more holding cords, also called the core. This will stabilize the design, so it doesn't twist.


 
Holding Cords 4 and 5  

Step 1: Mentally number the cords 1 - 8.

Cords 4 and 5 will be the holding cords for the entire sennit.

Secure them so they have tension.

 

 
Use Cord 6  

Step 2: Use cord 6 and tie a Vertical Larks Head onto both holding cords. Rotate clockwise to make the two loops.

The head of the knot will face right. The end should be arranged horizontally to the right, when you are finished (arrow).

 

 
Use Cord 2   Step 3: Use cord 3 to tie the next Larks Head Knot, just below the first one. 

Rotate counter-clockwise to make the loops.

The head of the knot will face left.  The end should be horizontal to the left, when you are done.
 

 
Use Cords 7 and 2 Next  

Step 4: Use cord 7 to tie the next Larks Head knot on the right. Start by passing the end under cord 6, as you bring it down to tie the knot.

Use cord 2 to tie the next knot on the left. Start by passing it under cord 3.

 

 
Design Tip: Larks Head sennits like this one can get confusing.

By securing the end of the cord you just used off to the side, you'll know which ones have been used to tie the knots.

Doing this also helps to make sure the next cords pass under the two that were just used.
 

 
Use Cords 8 and 1  

Step 5: The next knot is tied with cord 8.  Pass it under cords 6 and 7 first.

The following knot is tied with cord 1, which is moved under cords 2 and 3 first.

 

 
Use Cords 6 and 3 Again  

Step 6: Repeat steps 2 - 5, using the cords in the same order.

So the next knot is tied with cord 6, followed by a knot with cord 3.

Make sure you bring each cord under the ends of the other cords before tying the knot.

 
 

 
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Alternating Sennit  

Alternating Sennit #2

Larks Head sennits do not always require you to use a separate holding cord.

This design is similar to the Alternating Half Hitch.

This is a great way to make purse handles, bracelets, or any project requiring a slender chain of knots.

 

 
Use Left Cord  

Step 1: Secure two cords to your work surface. Use the left cord to tie a Vertical Larks Head knot onto the right cord.  Rotate counter-clockwise.

Remember the knot is tied in two parts. So this image is just a reminder of the steps.

 

 
Use Right Cord  

Step 2: Use the cord on the right next, tying the Vertical Larks Head onto the left cord.

The process is the same, only the direction is changed. You tie the knot clockwise.

 

 
Repeat Steps 1 and 2  

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 several times, until the sennit is the size you want.

Note: This sennit is not straight. It will curve slightly in both directions.

 
 

 
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Alternating Sennit with Core  

Alternating Sennit #3

 

In this design, the Vertical Larks Head knots are made with two working cords.

They are attached to one holding cord.

This was a very popular design in the early 1900's, and is seen in more modern books as well.

 

 
Three Cords   Step 1: You will need 3 cords to practice.

The one in the center will hold the knots made by the other two, which are the working cords.
 
 
Use Left Working Cord  

Step 2: Tie the first knot using the left working cord. 

Rotate counter-clockwise as you make each loop.

 
 
Use Right Working Cord   Step 3: Tie the next knot with the working cord on the right

Rotate clockwise to make the loops.
 

 
Alternating LH Sennit   Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times, to complete the sennit.
 
 
 
 
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Isolated LH Sennit  

Alternating Sennit #4

Larks Head sennits like this one are not very well known.  The knots are not linked by loops along the edges, as in the other designs.

This is a vintage pattern, and it makes a very nice casual bracelet. You could use this technique to make a belt or purse strap, too.

 

 
Use the Right Cord  

Step 1: Secure three cords to your work surface. The one in the center is the holding cord (pink).

Make a Vertical Larks Head with the right working cord, onto the holding cord, AND the left working cord.

Rotate clockwise to make the two loops.

 

 
Second Knot with Left Cord  

Step 2: The second Larks Head knot is made with the left working cord. The other 2 cords will hold the knot.

When you tighten it, make sure this knot rests close to the first one.

 

 
Alternating Sennit   Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 several times, to complete this sennit.
 
 


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