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A form of decorative square sinnet work worked with an even number of strands to form a herringbone pattern. It was used occasionally in the decorative pointing of a rope but more usually for covering stanchions with a patterned sinnet to make a ship look smart and ‘tiddley’. The making of sinnets, officially the duty of the boatswain and his mates, was a favourite pastime of sailors during long voyages, but such fancy rope and knot work is very rarely seen at sea today.

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