Hammocks used to be the main type of bedding for sailors. The Navy-style hammock was easy to stow while remaining sturdy, which should be expected from people accustomed to tying knots. The basic design for the Navy-style hammock uses long cords tied on each end into a large knot, with several smaller knots in between creating a net. The ends of the cord are braided into long ropes that attach to walls or support beams.
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Cut 15 to 18 strips of cord to three times the length desired for the hammock. Cut additional strips in multiples of three to increase the width of the hammock.
Gather all the cords together and tie a simple knot approximately one-third of the way along the length of the ropes. Create a loop with the gathered cords and pull the ends of the cords through to create the knot.
Tie the shorter end of the cord to a stable object so that the knot is near the object. Spread the remaining cords out straight and spaced apart in a fan formation.
Grasp the first two cords from one side approximately 4 inches from the knot. Tie the two cords into a knot in the same manner as the larger knot. Repeat with the next two cords immediately adjacent to the first two. Continue until a single row of knots is complete. The final cord may not have a knot in it if you used an odd number of cords.
Start the second row approximately 4 inches from the first. Exclude the first rope when tying the knots. Start the knots with the second and third rope and continue until the row is complete. The final cord will not have a knot in it if you used an even number of ropes.
Tie additional rows until the hammock is the desired length. Tie the end off into the same style knot to complete the actual hammock.
Gather the cords up on the opposite side of the end knot opposite from the hammock. Combine the cords into three groups. Braid the cords into one, long braid, creating a sturdy rope out of the cords. Tie the end off into a single knot. Repeat for the other end of the hammock.
Tips and warnings
- If you thread a loop onto the ends of the ropes where you tie the final knots, you'll be able to attach a long rope to the loop to help hang the hammock. The braided ends of the hammock are sufficient to tie around short posts while maintaining the strength of the structure.
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