Knotted Hammock

Nothing brightens a summer party afternoon like sipping a cocktail in a hammock. This DIY Knotted Hammock is an easy and festive way to add extra seating to your next party. It’s a backyard addition you can make in an afternoon that will dazzle guests for years to come!

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  • You’ll Need:
  • 3 wood dowels 1 1/4-inches wide, 30 inches long.
  • 2 wood dowels 5/8-inches wide, 36 inches long.
  • 200 yards of rope, 1/4-inch in diameter (in whatever color you want your hammock to be).
  • 8 yards of rope 1/2-inch in diameter for hanging the hammock.
  • 4 1-inch wood screws.
  • Drill.
  • Measuring tape.
  • Scissors.
  • Hook for hanging the swing.
  • Lighter.
  • Step 1

    On two of the 1 1/4-inch dowels, measure and mark at 2 inches and 3 1/2-inches from each end. The third 1 1/4-inch dowel will only need to be marked at 3 1/2-inches from each end. Drill a 1/4-inch hole on each of the 3 1/2-inch marks and a 5/8-inch hole on each of the 2-inch marks. Sand the holes.

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  • Step 2

    Make the frame for the seat by sliding each small dowel into the 5/8-inch holes on the large dowels. Leave about an inch overlap on each end. Drill a small pilot hole where the dowels meet and secure with the one inch screw.

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  • Step 3

    Cut a piece of rope about 4 feet long and thread it through the 3 1/2-inch holes and knot the ends to make a loop you can temporarily hang the frame from while you weave the hammock. Hang the frame where you can sit or stand to tie weave the hammock comfortably. Using the 1/4-inch cord, cut 16 26-foot pieces. Pick up one cord and fold it in half. Wrap the loop around the top dowel from the front to back and pull the ends of the rope through the loop. Continue will all 16 strands of cord. This will give you 32 strands of loose cord.

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  • Step 4

    Create a simple square knot with the first four cords by taking the left cord and crossing it over the center two, then under the right cord.

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  • Step 5

    Complete the square knot by doing the same thing in reverse. Take the right cord and cross it over the center two, then under the left cord. Then take the left cord and cross it under the center two cords and up through the hole, passing over the right cord. Pull the knot tight. Continue across the top to make a row of square knots out of the remaining 28 strands.

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  • Step 6

    The next row will be made with the same square knots but will start with the third cord. Using two strands from each of the top two knots. Keep everything even as you make the knots and continue to make the second row of knots across the top. Repeat this pattern, using the first four cords to make a square knot for the third row of the hammock and then use the third cord to start the knots for the fourth row of the hammock. Keep knotting until the seat is 45-inches long.

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  • Step 7

    Attach the ends of the rope to the bottom of the frame, wrapping all four cords from each section around the bottom dowel and tying a figure eight knot.

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  • Step 8

    Tie a second knot by splitting the strand in two and pull as tight as you can.

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  • Step 9

    Cut the ends of the cords to the desired length. Fray the ends or melt with the lighter to prevent fraying as you prefer. 10. Cut one 120-inch piece of 1/2-inch rope. Fold it in half and tie a knot a few inches from the top, creating a loop. Using the leftover third dowel, string the rope through each hole and tie a knot, leaving about 20 inches between the loop and dowel.

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  • Step 10

    Continuing with the same piece of rope string it down through the top dowel of the hammock frame (remove the temporary rope you used to hang the hammock while knotting it) and tie a loose knot, leaving 30 inches in between the two dowels. You want a loose knot so you can adjust once you hang up the finished chair. Cut two 65-inch pieces of 1/2-inch-thick rope. Starting at the bottom dowel of the hammock string one rope on each side through the hole and tie a loose knot. The knot should be below the dowel with the rope running up. Run the rope all the way to the top of the third dowel. Wrap the rope around the dowel and tie a loose knot, leaving 60 inches between the third dowel and the bottom of the frame.

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  • Step 11

    Hang the seat where you want it using the hook. Make sure all ropes are even and then tighten knots. Be careful sitting in the swing the first time as the ropes will expand a little and form to your weight. Once you have the hammock the way you want it, cut off any excess rope hanging below the knots and fray the ends or melt with the lighter to prevent fraying as you prefer. Kick back and relax!

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