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This week’s Knot of the Week is a reader requested knot that we’ve had quite a few emails asking us to demonstrate.
The Paracord Storage Sinnet features a quick-release sinnet style wrapping that efficiently stores your paracord for immediate use, but unfortunately takes forever to create.
Much like the Chain Sinnet we’ve demonstrated in the past, the Paracord Storage Sinnet will also allow you to store your paracord in a compact, easy to use method.
So if you’ve got some time to spare and a lot of paracord, give this knot a shot. We timed the tying in this demonstration, and for approx. 100 ft. of paracord it took us right around an hour.
Paracord Storage Sinnet » Coils
(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 4/Difficulty: 3)Please refer to our Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.
- Storing lengths of paracord
- Quick-release deployment of paracord
- Coil up approx. 5-6 loops of paracord, ensuring the standing end is within the loops
- Form a bight with the working part of the line at the top of your coiled sections
- Create a loop from the bight
- Pull the working part under, around and through the loop you just created
- Tighten the trapped loop by tightening up the original loop you created
- *At this stage, ensure that the coils of paracord are staying uniform and the same size*
- Take the working part and bring it back underneath creating another loop
- Feed this loop into the existing loop
- To trap this loop you’ll need to tighten the existing loop by working one side of it.
- Once the loop is trapped pull the slack out of the loop
- It’s probably a good idea to watch the video, especially towards the end, as it’s hard to properly describe this technique with words
- The pattern is repeated over and over again and will eventually overlap on top of the existing sinnet
- Finish off the sinnet with a slipped loop for easy deployment as needed
View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above, be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any questions!
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Thanks for the vid! I haven't wrapped 550 like this in more than 20 years and I wanted to show my son how to do it. Now, in hind sight, I can see why it appears to be such a challenge. You are essentially crocheting "directly into the loop" without the benefit of a crochet hook. This stitch (or knot) is the basis for all crochet done in the round. Like hats or round nets. Might I suggest purchasing the largest aluminum or plastic crochet hook you can find (maybe size N which is 9.4mm). Stay away from the wood, bamboo, or ergonomic ones, they will not have the smooth slide you need when working with 550 cord. If you know someone who crochets, ask them how to "crochet into a center loop". The mechanics of crocheting with the assistance of a 2 dollar needle will GREATLY reduce your frustration and time spent.
Seems like a very interesting knot and one worth knowing, but the Alpine knot, which was also featured in a previous knot of the week, is just as good in terms of storage but much less time consuming.
I'll have to try this out this weekend. I've been doing the chain like you use for electrical cord. Which easy to undo and redo, it's a pain when you need five feet or so, and then have five feet you can't do anything with until you rewrap the whole thing.
I agree, it takes some effort to ring up, but it really comes into its own when you have to deploy it RIGHT NOW. Waiting to unkink your 550 on a call sucks.
@Ben I agree, it takes some effort to ring up, but it really comes into its own when you have to deploy it RIGHT NOW. Waiting to unkink your 550 on a call sucks.
I was board last night and decided I would try this out. It took me a little longer then the hour or so in the video. It is a nice and compact way to store para cord but I don't think I will make another one. It's just easier to coil it up.
So how long did it take? 100 foot I just roll it into a ball and put it in the EDC but I only carry 25' the 100' length is in the Car packs and 500' in the BOB.
I think this is a great way to store 550. I've used this method for the last 7 years with great success. Some reps will get you doing 100' in 30 minutes. I also wrap my drag handle using the same method. Kinkless and tangle free deployment each time.
100 ft. would make a very unweildy bracelet- most are 8-12 ft. A quick google search should produce instructions/videos that will lead you in the right direction. There is a fair variety of knots and closure options out there.
@ Rob: 100 ft. would make a very unweildy bracelet- most are 8-12 ft. A quick google search should produce instructions/videos that will lead you in the right direction. There is a fair variety of knots and closure options out there.
Very nice guys! This looks like a decent way to do a paracord bracelet, unless there is a better way to do one that you know of.
MOSWAT, definitely. This is where this technique truly shines. When you need a certain length of 550 on the spot.
well yes that would make a HUGE bracelet, thats not what it is meant for. i have a found a great use is strapping it to my campig backpack. that way I can get some paracord without taking off the sinnet