Shorten Your Rope for Tangle Resistant Storage

by December 8, 2009 12/8/09

Chain Sinnet 14Our Knot of the Week continues this week with the Chain Sinnet.

Often called the Daisy Chain or Chain Plait, we’ll be referring to it as the Chain Sinnet in this article.

You may have seen this knot commonly tied in extension cords to shorten them up, and also provide a no-tangle solution while stored.

Today we’ll show you our method of tying the Chain Sinnet for a rope storage method that’s ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.

Chain 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.

Uses:

  • Shortening a rope
  • Storing rope
  • Great knot for washing rope
  • Getting ooh’s and aah’s from your neighbors when they see your extension cords

Tying Instructions:

  1. Find the ends of your rope, match them up and work your way to the middle of the doubled rope
  2. Take the middle bight of rope, which becomes your working end, and make a loop
  3. Ensure that you have at least 12″ of slack hanging behind your loop
  4. Reach through the loop grabbing the working end and pull, creating another loop
  5. Take what was once your standing part and make a bight
  6. Reach through the loop you just created and pull the bight through
  7. Again, create a bight and pull it through the next loop
  8. Repeat this process until you have reached the point where you could just make 1-2 more loops
  9. Pull one last large bight and tie an overhand knot with the leftover from the working end
  10. All you should have to do to unravel the rope is to simply pull the tails from the overhand knot
  11. Keep pulling this end until the rope has unraveled to the original knot you made, which will pull apart easily too

View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above!


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cecilia
cecilia

you're basically crocheting a chain with your hands

James
James

After reading your article on fast rope, and not having extra assaultline or funds for more, I try simply chaining up my existing 120' section instead, and that has worked excellently for the purposes of climbing for exercise.

In addition, it's an easy way to carry my rope around and still have it useful without full deployment.

James
James

After reading your article on fast rope, and not having extra assaultline or funds for more, I try simply chaining up my existing 120' section instead, and that has worked excellently for the purposes of climbing for exercise. In addition, it's an easy way to carry my rope around and still have it useful without full deployment.

DukeDog
DukeDog

nice. i love the knot of the week section!

Code24
Code24

I use this method all the time, but instead of folding the rope in half and finding the middle, I just start one end and work my way down. I do this for things like lanyards on my gear; it avoids tangles, but still allows me to have some space between the tie-down and the gear. Also, I just bite the first and last loops really hard, as opposed to tying the last loop as a knot that needs to be untied. This is mostly for gear on lanyards that comes out of a pocket or pouch, where I worry less about it deploying on a snag.

NEWWT55
NEWWT55

i use a form of this chain to tie down boats. it makes it easy to shove off when tying people to a gas dock all day.

Norm
Norm

I LOVE the daisy chain to store both rope and webbing. I pull each loop tight however and instead of a tighter knot at the beginning, I leave it as just a straight loop.

I use these on smaller lengths of rope/webbing and hang them off of my gear when climbing/hiking and it's saved my butt in a tight spot a few times. With the knots tight, it makes a fairly decent climbing assist (easier to grip when going up/down) and with the first loop left as a loop instead of a know, a flick of the wrist and the whole thing unravels in a second or two.

It saved me from a second story drop with full gear one time when it was either drop or burn. I can recommend this highly for both long and short runs of either rope or webbing.

Norm
Norm

I LOVE the daisy chain to store both rope and webbing. I pull each loop tight however and instead of a tighter knot at the beginning, I leave it as just a straight loop. I use these on smaller lengths of rope/webbing and hang them off of my gear when climbing/hiking and it's saved my butt in a tight spot a few times. With the knots tight, it makes a fairly decent climbing assist (easier to grip when going up/down) and with the first loop left as a loop instead of a know, a flick of the wrist and the whole thing unravels in a second or two. It saved me from a second story drop with full gear one time when it was either drop or burn. I can recommend this highly for both long and short runs of either rope or webbing.

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