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Portuguese Sennit

 Portuguese Sennit


Description: The Portuguese Sennit is a chain of Square knots tied around a loop. It's often called the Solomon Bar.  

When the sennit is completed, the loop is pulled firmly, so the ends are secured.

This technique could be used when you need a strong stable loop, followed by knots, such as in a plant hanger. It also makes a great bracelet or key ring.

The Genoese Sennit is also described below, since it is a similar technique. The knot featured is the Alternating Half Hitch instead of Square Knots.

Be sure you know how to tie a Square Knot as well as the Alternating Half Hitch (with holding cord) before you get started.


The Portuguese and Genoese sennits can be found on the website called Fusion Knots.

The Video Gallery contains a variety of tutorials for many unique decorative knots.


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Large Loop  

Step 1: Cut one cord, at least 60 inches long.

Fold it to make a large loop, the size you want the sennit to be when it's finished.


Square Knot  

Step 2: Use the two ends to tie the first Square Knot. The loop acts as the filler cords.

Place the knot 1/2-inch below the area where the ends were crossed (top).


Square Knot Sennit   Step 3: Tie several more knots, until you are close to the end of the loop at the bottom.

To make the sennit a specific size, measure as you progress.  Stop when the desired size is reached.

Pass Ends Through Loop   Step 4: Pass the ends through the loop at the bottom of the Portuguese Sennit.

One should enter the loop from below, and the other from above, heading in opposite directions.

Portuguese Sennit  

Pull on the lower loop first, to remove ONE of the loops at the top, unless you need both of them.

Pull the remaining loop at the top, which will secure the ends.

Finish off the ends by heating (if using Paracord), or by tucking them into the back of the sennit.


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Genoese Sennit

Large Loop   Step 1: To make the Genoese Sennit, fold one cord in half, forming a large loop. The crossing point should be at the top. 

Make sure the left crosses over the right.

The size of this loop determines the overall size of the design, just like in the Portuguese Sennit above.

Half Hitch  

Step 2: Use the right end to make a clockwise Half Hitch around the loop, which acts as the fillers.

A Half Hitch is tied by passing the end over - under the fillers, and over the working end.


Second Half Hitch   Step 3: Make a counter-clockwise Half Hitch with the left end of the cord. 

Position it just below the first one.

Alternating Half Hitch Sennit   Step 4: Alternate back and forth between the two ends, to make the remaining Half Hitches.

Stop when you are close to the bottom of the loop.

Pass Ends Through Loop   Step 5: Pass the ends through the loop. One should go into it from below, and the other from the top, in opposite directions.

Pull On Top Loop   Step 6:  Pull the loop at the top, which will secure the ends.

Finish off the ends by heating (if using Paracord), or by tucking them into the back of the sennit.


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