Make Your Own Hammock

Kick back and relax in this easy-to-make hammock. Throw this simple project together in no time with a ball of rope and mainly using only one knot method.

By Lucy Davidson
Illustrations by Maria Nilsson
September 2018

40 Knots cover
Cover courtesy Princeton Architectural Press

In 40 Knots and How to Tie Them, Lucy Davidson shows readers the ropes on tying handy knots to use as a practical tool for everything from outdoor activities to arts and crafts. Davidson uses step-by-step instructions to teach readers knots essential for camping, climbing, and sailing, and shows readers how to practice these skills to create decorative projects. This book is a brilliant combination of impressive craftsmanship and clever designs, making it perfect for creative adventurers. The following excerpt is from Chapter 4, "Maritime Knots."

Who doesn't love lying back and relaxing in a hammock on a warm summer's day? As this project mainly uses just one knot — the Netting Knot — you'll be enjoying the fruits of your labor in no time! This project uses a huge amount of rope, and the easiest way to work with this much is too roll it up into a ball or wrap it around a wooden shuttle.

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