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.
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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You Will Need:
- 2 pieces of dowel measuring 40 in. (1 m) wide
- Roughly 755 ft. (230 m) of laid rope depending on the length of the hammock; this should be enough to make an average-size hammock
- 2 lengths of cord measuring 60 in. (1.5 m)
- Masking tape
- Taking one piece of dowel and one length of your shorter pieces of cord, tie a Slip Knot at either end.
- Tie on one end of your main rope using a Perfection Loop. Pull it nice and tight.
- Wrap the beginning of your rope around your dowel to create six loops.
- To keep them even, it is best to stick them to a surface using masking tape.
- Following the diagram, bring your rope down on the right and tape a loop on place. Using the Netting Knot, tie your rope to the loop above.
- Continue creating loops and tying your rope to the loops above using Netting Knots.
- Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you have made the right length of netting for your hammock. Ideally you need the hammock to be 20 in. (50 cm) greater than your height.
- Once you have reached the desired length, thread your other piece of dowel through the end loops. Attach the remaining shorter piece of cord, again with a Slip Knot, and your hammock is ready to hang.
More from 40 Knots and How to Tie Them:
- The Netting Knot
- Useful Tips, Terms, and Techniques for Knot Tying
- Safety Measures to Practice when Handling Rope
From40 Knots and How to Tie Them by Lucy Davidson, Illustrated by Maria Nilsson. © Pavilion Book Company Ltd 2017, published by Princeton Architectural Press. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.