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Spring Sinnet


Spring Sinnet

 
Description:    The Spring Sinnet is based on the Slipknot.  You tie a series of them in a chain, which is called a sinnet (or sennit). 

The best thing about this design is that you can stretch it temporarily, then release it and watch as it springs back into it's original shape.

This knotted design makes a great bangle bracelet, since it stretches 1-inch or more beyond the finished size.  Below the main instructions are steps that show one method to connect the two ends to make a bracelet.

This sennit has a round profile (not flat), so can be made with heavy rope to make a Macrame wreath.  Use fine material and you can create earrings with this unique design. 

Children will find this knot easy to tie, so encourage them to practice this knot as they learn Macrame.
 



I found this design on the Fusion Knots website

Click on the image or link to visit his site. 

The video gallery contains tutorials for a variety of combination knots and techniques.

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To practice, you need one cord at least 72 inches long. 

When making a project with the Spring Sinnet technique, the cord needs to be at least 15 x the finished length you plan to make.

Paracord was used in the example shown.  Visit Cord Preparation and view the bottom section to learn how to prepare this material if you plan to use it.



Loop

Step 1:  Make a counter-clockwise loop at least 3 inches from one end, which is considered the tail.

You can make the tail longer if you plan to tie the ends together to form a closure, such as for a belt or bracelet.



Bight

Fold the working end to make a bight.

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




Tighten

Tighten the first loop by pulling on the bight.  As you do this, adjust the length of the tail if needed.

Pull the working end to make the bight smaller, at least 1/2-inch in size.



Thru Bight

Step 2:  Pass the working end through the bight from the top (over - under).

Pull it through most of the way, but leave a small portion to form the next loop.



Tighten

Pull the area indicated in this image to tighten the bight.



Upside Down

This is the most important step for the Spring Sinnet:

Flip the knot upside down, so the loop is closer to the back of your board and the working end is on the right.  
Pull the working end to reduce the size of the loop.  Work with the material to make sure it's not twisted.



Pass Thru

Step 3: Pass the working end through the loop. 

Pull it through most of the way, but leave a small amount for the next loop.



Tighten

Pull the area indicated to tighten the previous loop.



Upside Down

Turn the knot upside down, so the working end is on the right again.  

Pull the working end to reduce the size of the loop.  Make sure it's not twisted.




Repeat

Step 4:  Repeat step 3 several times, or until you are almost out of material.

Make sure the working end is long enough to use for a closure if you need one (see finishing options).




Finishing Options



The following information shows you three methods for finishing the Spring Sinnet and forming a closure if you need one. 

Option 1:  Best for bracelets and belts where you tie the ends together to close.

Option 2:  Works well for items like wreaths and ornaments, but can also be used for jewelry.

Option 3:  Results in a teardrop shape, so it's suitable for pendants, ornaments and earrings.


 
Last Loop

Option 1: Pass the working end through the last loop you made in the sennit. Pull the area indicated to tighten that loop.

Then pull the working end all the way through.



Tie Closure

Tie the two ends together with a knot to form the closure.

Make sure you treat the tips of the cord in some way to prevent unraveling.



Opposite

Option 2:  Pass the working end through the last loop, then tighten it.  Pull the working end all the way through. 

Pass the working end through a space close to the first knot.  Pass the tail through a space close to the last knot, heading the opposite direction.



Close

Pull both ends to close the circular shape. 

Finish off the ends in the best manner for the type of material you are using.



Bight

Option 3:  Fold the tail to make a bight, and pass it through the last loop under - over (from below).


 
Thru Bight

Pass the working end through the bight.  Pull the area indicated to tighten the last loop FIRMLY.

Pull the tail to tighten the bight, then pull the working end to tighten the remainder.



Teardrop

Arrange the Spring Sinnet into an oval or teardrop shape.

Finish off the ends in the best manner for the material you are using.






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