Directions for Weaving Your Own Hammock
The Starter Loop
- Measure and cut a length of twine 3 feet long. Tie the ends together with a square knot to make the starter loop. Insert this loop into a post or hang it from a nail or doorknob so it stays in place as you work. Wind the netting shuttle that is full of twine together and tie its free end to the starter loop with an overhand knot.
- Lift the 12-inch long gauge stick and place it behind the shuttle cord, ensuring it is tightly packed next to the starter loop. Raise the shuttle and bring it behind the gauge, then pass it through the starter loop. Lower the shuttle and hold it in front of the gauge. Pull the twine until it is taut, holding it in place with your thumb.
Lift the netting shuttle, position it in front of the gauge and make an overhead knot on the starter loop, around both pieces of twine. Pull the twine in front of the gauge until taut. This is the first cast-on stitch. Repeat this process until you make twenty loops or cast-on stitches on the gauge stick.
Weaving Hammock Rows
- Turn the gauge stick over so the shuttle cord faces left. Pull the gauge stick carefully so the loops hang free. Hold the gauge stick under the loops as you lower the shuttle in front of the gauge. Place the shuttle behind and then through the first of the twenty cast-on stitches. After completed, lower it in front of the gauge once again.
Hold the twine in your thumb and make a half-hitch around the two lengths of twine on the first cast-on loop. Lower it around the gauge stick. Pass the shuttle through the second loop, repeating the process. Continue until you go through all the twenty cast-on loops to create the first row.
Turn your work as you complete each row, and begin another row as before. Repeat the procedure until you weave 54 rows for your hammock.
Finish the Hammock
- Cut the starter loop and insert a sturdy dowel to hold the hammock. Drill 20 holes in each of the two 33-inch long 1 ½ -by-1 ½-inch hardwood bars, spacing them 1 ½ inches from one another. Cut forty 50-inch cords, twenty for each side. Loop a cord through a 2-inch ring and run both the ends through the first hole in the hardwood. Fasten each of the twenty cords with an overhand knot before proceeding to the other side.
Make two braids using three cords. Insert an end of the braid into the first hole in the hardwood, tie an overhand knot and weave the braid through the outer edges of the hammock. Insert the braid in the outer hole in the bar at the other end and secure with an overhand knot. Repeat this procedure with the other side. Hang your hammock between two trees or posts.