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How to Weave a Hammock With a Rope

“Hammocks are here to stay” is not an illusion. As the years go by, various hammock types have sprung to life. Rope hammocks are one of the types of hammocks that exist today. They are solid and long-lasting. 

Just like other hammocks, a rope hammock guarantees relaxation and comfort. Hammocks made with rope are mostly made of loosely woven cotton or polyester ropes. They are ideal for your leisure at the beach. Think of the perfect hammock for your summer rest. Hammocks made with strings are the best.

If you have one, you can get more. If you do not have any, you can make one. You do not have to spend a fortune before you have a rope hammock. You can create one for yourself and by yourself with a few lengths of rope and the dedication of your time to it. 

We know you must think about how to go about this. Be patient, and we will walk you through the process most straightforwardly. However, before we get down to the real deal, let’s consider these few essential things you should know.

Types of rope hammocks

Each type of rope hammock has its uniqueness. Rope hammocks are either woven with cotton or polyester. 

Cotton rope hammocks

Cotton rope hammocks are less rigid and more comfortable than rope hammocks are woven with polyester. However, they are not weather-resistant. 

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Polyester rope hammocks

Polyester rope hammocks are more resistant to moistness. Also, they are more durable.

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Materials needed to weave hammock with a rope.

● Rope

Depending on your choice, you can get a cotton rope, a colored polypropylene multi cord, or a polyester cord. We advise that you contact any of your choice 6 ×10^-3m (in thickness). You will need ten pieces of the rope, each of length 30m or more, depending on the size of the hammock you desire. 

To hang the hammock to a tree, you must buy two sturdy synthetic hemp ropes with a soft eye splice at one end. 

Cotton ropes are more comfortable and softer than polyester ropes. Paracord is most recommended if you intend to settle for a cotton rope.

● Dowels

We recommend that you get wooden dowels. They are the ideal form of dowels for weaving your rope hammock. The size of your wooden dowels is the sole determinant of your hammock’s size. Therefore, we recommend getting two dowels of about 100cm long with a thickness of about 30 × 10^-3m to 40 ×10^-3m. However, you can opt for a longer length if you need a bigger hammock size.

● Stainless steel fittings

Natural cotton ropes are not rain-friendly. It would be best if you took your hammock in whenever rain is about to fall. How do you go about this with ease?

We recommend that you get two carbine books made of stainless steel. Place each at the end of the hammock. This will allow you to attach it to the tree and take it off as needed. 

Quick steps to weave a hammock with a rope 

There are vast methods of weaving a hammock with a rope out there. However, getting the best yet simple process seems complicated. Below are quick steps to follow to make a simple, quality, durable rope hammock. 

● Step one

Pick one of the stainless carbine hooks and attach your cotton rope. How do you do that?

Pick one of the ropes and fold it into two equal lengths. Then fix it to the carbine hook using a lanyard hitch method. 

The lanyard hitch is also known as the cow hitch. It is used to tie a rope to an object. It is the ideal method for fixing cotton rope to your carbine hook. It’s a pretty simple method that involves a few steps. 

All you have to do is to loop your rope around the carbine hook from the back to the front. Then, pass one end of the rope under the other, hanging down the angle. Loop the string around the pin again; however, you did the opposite of the first looping. Then pass the rope through the loop.  

Repeat this process with other pieces of rope. 

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● Step two

Add one of the wooden dowels to your hitched ropes. To do this, pierce the dowel in ten places equally spaced manner. Place the steel hook above the dowel and insert each piece of string along the matching hole.

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● Step three

After the above step, you can start weaving your hammock in a macramé manner. Starting from your left side, tie the first two ropes in a simple overhand knot at about two inches below the dowel. Repeat this process till you finish the first row. 

Then, move to the second row. Start from the left as well, but this time leave out the first rope and start with the second rope. Tie the second with the third. Do this till the second row is done. Ensure you keep the knots in a straight line.

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● Step four

After weaving, you have approximately a meter of rope left. Add the second dowel using the same process as in step two. Make sure you position the dowel appropriately. 

● Step five

Attach the rope ends to the second stainless carbine hook. You can knot this using the double overhand method or whichever way you want it. However, ensure you weave it tightly. 

● Step six

Now that you have your rope hammock, the next thing is to find trees to attach them to. After seeing the trees, tie the synthetic hemp around the tree’s trunk with the soft-eye splice facing the right side. Do this for the second tree as well. After you are sure that both are tightly fixed, attach your hammock. You connect your hammock by clipping each carbine hook into the matching soft-eye splice. Relaxation at its peak!

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Wrapping up

There you have it! The simplest method of weaving a hammock with a rope. 

However, you must know the size of the hammock that will be useful for you. The size of the hammock you want determines the number of materials you’ll get. Also, ensure you get quality materials to have a sturdy rope hammock.

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