Control cable-clutter with a monkey braid

An excellent post on cable clutter from The Closet Entrepreneur has been making the rounds this week. It shows how to use a monkey braid (or chain sinnet) to shorten cables so they stay out of the way and don’t get tangled.


I tried it out with a particularly annoying 25′ 13-pin MIDI cable I use frequently and it works just as advertised. Sometimes the best things in life really are free.

(via Lifehacker)

18 Comments for “Control cable-clutter with a monkey braid”

  1. posted by Sairey Gamp on

    Dude, that’s crochet. Ha ha! Excellent idea.

  2. posted by John on

    Neat. It’s refreshing to see a post that doesn’t recommend buying something new to deal with all the existing stuff laying around.

  3. posted by Jacque Harper on

    PJ: I have to know — what are you using a 13-pin MIDI cable for? I’ve been out of that biz for a little bit, but I seem to recall that the MIDI spec called for a 5-pin connector…and two of the pins were unused!


  4. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    Sairey beat me to it. 🙂

  5. posted by PJ Doland on

    @Jacque Harper – Most guitar-synths use special 13-pin cables because the pickups are hexaphonic (and each string sends an individual signal).

  6. posted by PointSpecial on

    Wow, that’s really neat! I agree… looks much better and gets rid of the clutter. I’ll have to try this out!

    How durable is it, though…? Do the loops come undone (or do they become more loose) over time, or does it stay nicely compact?

  7. posted by Another Deb on

    This is how I have seen commercial fishermen control rope and construction workers control extension cords. I never considered it for little wires like this. Thanks!

  8. posted by Gillian on

    Yeah, that’s chain stitch which all crocheters do and many knitters too.

  9. posted by Ron C on

    I use that method all the time with power extension cords (you know, those 50′ orange things in tangled piles in your garage). Tangle-free too.

    They look a bit icky hanging from a hook in the garage, sort of like a mess, but when you start using it and pulling out some of it and there’s no knot or tangle, just smiles all around, it’s worth the looking like a mess for something that’s in a more useful state than a wound pile of extension cord that’s about to become a 50′ pile of knots that only get worse.

  10. posted by Susan V. on

    Who would have thought cables could look this pretty? 🙂

  11. posted by Deborah Marchant on

    On this link you can see more about this

  12. posted by Deborah Marchant on

    On this link you can see how to create a monkey braid yourself

  13. posted by David on

    Learned this in bomb disposal school, but for ropes.


  14. posted by Brian on

    IMO, this is the only way to put away Christmas lights.

  15. posted by Craig on

    I actually figured out how to do this on my own a few years back with headphone cords. The best part is that you don’t have to do it to the entire length of the cable, so you can adjust it to be exactly the length you need it to be, which is pretty handy for loose headphone cords while commuting.

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