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Macrame Hammock Heaven

Macrame Hammock Heaven

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Now that you're really getting good at this macrame business, ready for a new challenge? This is an easy to follow macrame hammock pattern that you can use to make your own hammock. Lazy summer days are calling your name and so is this macrame hammock. So get busy!

Here's what you'll need:

2 metal rings measuring 3"

572 yards of material (you can use hemp, but for such a large project, that might get expensive, cotton twine is good but won't last forever outdoors, nylon seine is effective. Needless to say, material should be slip-proof. This understatement is even more important with this project than it is when making most other macrame items.)

4 dowels, 2 measuring 36" long, 1" diameter and 2 measuring 36" long, 3/4" diameter

Here's what to do:


Cut- 44 cords that are each 9-1/2 yards long

12 cords that are each 5 yards long

12 cords that are each 4 yards long

12 cords that are each 3-1/2 yards long

4 cords that are each 1-yard long

Mount three of the 4 yard cords to the left side of one ring using a larkshead knot. Next, mount six of the 3-1/2 yard cords using larkshead again. Lastly, mount three more of the 4 yard cords.

Some people say that having the cords hang vertically will make the hammock incline inwards, while others have produced stunning exhibits in this manner. Do what's comfortable, and if you see the cords bowing in, switch positions.

Step 1: Start with the six 4 yard cords on the left. Braid for 30" using two cords at a time instead of one (i.e. two left cord, two middle cords, two right cords instead of the typical 3 strand braid). Do the same thing with the six cords on the right. Using the 12 cords in the middle, make two braids (six strands each) running 27" long. Tie a square knot at the end of each braid to secure.

Step 2: Double half hitch group of six to one of the 1" rods, leaving a space of several inches in between each braid. Keep the ends of the cords hanging down, but out of your way until we need them again.

Step 3: Attach the rest of the cords as according to instructions below. Start on the left and move right, and be sure to leave about 12" of cord at the end of each cord.

- Double half hitch one 9 1/2 yard cord to the leftmost spot

- Double half hitch another 9 1/2 yard cord between each of the hitched cords for the braid on the left (5)

- Quadruple half hitch (this means instead of knotting twice, you knot 4 times) 8 of the 9-1/2 yard cords in order along the empty dowel

- Double half hitch 5 of the 9-1/2 yard cords in between each of the cords from the 27" braids (the two center braids)

- Quadruple half hitch 6 of the 9-1/2 yard cords between the two sets of 27" braids

- Double half hitch 5 of the 9-1/2 yard cords along the empty dowel

- Quadruple half hitch 8 of the 9-1/2 yard cords between the 27" and 30" braids on the right

- Double half hitch 5 of the 9 1/2 yard cords, one in between each cord of the 30" braid on the right and one more on the far right end

Finish off this step by going back to those 12" of cord that you left over at the beginning. Make four rows of alternating square knots and finish off with an overhand knot.

Step 4: Now you should have 44 cords that have been double hitched to your dowel. Starting from the left, number your cords for simplicity's sake. You're going to make two rows of square knots, followed by two rows of alternating square knots, and then two more square knots all the way across most of the 44 cords. (Ex. Using cords 1-4, make 2 square knots and another two with cords 5-8. Now make 2 alternate square knots using 3-6, and two more square knots with 1-4 and 5-8 to form an "X" type shape). This is like any other alternating square knot sinnet that you've made before with one exception. Instead of using all 44 cords, you're going to skip out cords 9-12, 21-24 and 33-36. With these three groups of four, you are going to make 3 rows of half twist knots measuring 4" long. This gives added beauty to your project.

Step 5: Quadruple half hitch all your cords to the ¾" rod, and wind up or butterfly the ends of each strand to avoid tangling.

Step 6: Make 27 rows of alternating square knots, spacing each knot 1" apart (so each row takes up 27" width).

Step 7: This next step is not complicated, but you should read it over at least twice to make sure you understand what's going on. To make up the body of your macrame hammock, you're going to tie rows of Josephine knots interspersed with square knots in each row. See the instructions below to know which cords are the Josephine knot cords. All other cords should be used to make square knots.

- Row 1: cords 21-24

- Row 2: cords 19-22

- Row 3: cords 17-20, 25-28

- Row 4: cords 15-18, 27-30

- Row 5: cords 13-16, 29-32

- Row 6: cords 11-14, 31-34

- Row 7: cords 9-12, 33-36

- Row 8: cords 7-10, 35-38

- Row 9: cords 5-8, 37-40

- Row 10: cords 3-6, 39-42

- Now follow the same pattern only backwards to finish the design.

Step 8: You're nearly there! Most of the instructions now are just repetition of the previous steps. When you've finished step 7, repeat the square knot rows like you did in step 6.

Step 9: Repeat step 5

Step 10: Repeat step 4 (making the pattern in between the second set of rods)

Step 11:Repeat the first two steps, using the second metal ring.

Step 12: Repeat step 3, hitching cords accordingly to the already hitched dowel from the last step.

Step 13: Double half hitch 6 of the 5 yard cords into each end of the 3/4" rod, and leave a 12" end hanging.

Step 14: Using the 12" strands, make 2 square knots from six cords each (two worker cords, four filer cords per knot), and then wrap with a 1 yard cord.

Step 15: Braid these six cords down either side of the hammock, intertwining the braid with every second row of square knots (weaving in and out) down the entire length of the hammock. Secure the ends of the braids to the second dowel in the same manner as above (steps 14-15). Now sit back and relax in this fabulous lap of luxury.

Here's a quicker alternative that doesn't come out as pretty but is just as good for lazing around in.

Step one: Cut 40 ropes measuring approximately 32 yards each and larkshead each of them to a dowel. Gather each of the ends of string into small bundles (use the butterfly wrap: figure 8's around the thumb and index finger) and secure after you tie each cord to avoid tangling.

Step two: Use rows of square knots and alternating square knots for the entire length of the hammock (however long you want it).

Step three: Double half hitch all 80 cords to the second dowel.

Step four: Finish off by tying square knots with the unfinished ends. For added security, you can wrap 1-yard long cords around these knots in bunches of five or six cords.


Be sure to keep knots even with the other knots in the row.

You can be somewhat flexible with the length of your hammock, but not overly indulgent. Too much length will leave you brushing up against the floor in a very unpleasant manner.

To keep the knots consistently spaced, you can use a pegboard with 1" spaces or use a ruler. You should only need this at the beginning, since, most often, people get a feel for approximately how far apart knots should be spaced.

Add beads with caution. Beads positioned anywhere you will be laying offer nothing but discomfort and some choice words to the hammock designer. Keep beads high up between the dowels

You can use longer dowels and more cordage to create a larger more spacious hammock as well.

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