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Shorten Your Rope for Tangle Resistant Storage

By The ITS Crew

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.


  • 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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