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How to Tie a Rope Cargo Net

Updated April 17, 2017

For carrying luggage or other cargo on top of your vehicle or in a truck bed, a cargo net secures everything. Cargo nets come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them ideal for almost any situation. If you cannot find a cargo net to meet your specific needs, make your own out of a section of rope in a matter of minutes.

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  1. Fold the rope in half so that the two ends are evenly together.

  2. Grip the rope with one hand at the fold and the other hand four inches below it. Wrap the folded end of the rope over the hand positioned partway down the rope to form a small loop and insert the folded end of the rope in through the loop to form a knot. This is an overhand knot. (In the example provided in the "Resources" section, the knot is not tied with two widths of rope as it is here, but the same method applies.) The rope should now be split into two sections separated by a knot, the folded portion, which forms a loop one side of the knot and the loose ends on the other side of the knot.

  3. Position the rope so that the loop is closest to your body. Grip the rope with the overhand knot in your left hand and the right loose end in your right hand. Bring the right loose end of the rope down through the loop to form a "mouse ear" on the right side of the loop. Adjust the slack on the right loose end until the mouse ear is about the same size as the loop it is run to. Bring the rest of the right loose end up through the mouse ear and back down through the centre loop to form a small loop around the edge of the centre loop (the cow hitch knot at this stage can be seen in the cow hitch example in the "Resources" section). Insert the right loose end through this small loop and pull it tight to form a cow hitch knot on the edge of the centre loop.The mouse ear should now be attached to the loop via the cow hitch knot.

  4. Repeat the cow hitch knot process for the second loose end. You should now have two mouse ears attached to the centre loop via cow hitch knots. You should also still have two loose ends of rope.

  5. Bring the two loose ends of the rope together and grip them with your left hand near the cow hitch knots and your right hand roughly four inches below it. Wrap the loose ends over your left hand to form a small loop and insert the loose ends through the opposite side of the loop to form another overhand knot. Your net should now have two centre sections.

  6. Repeat the cow hitch knot process for the second half of the net. Bring the right loose end through the second centre section to form a mouse ear and tie a cow hitch knot to secure it in place. Repeat for the second loose end. When the left mouse ear is successfully attached to the second centre section via a cow hitch knot, the net is finished.

  7. Tip

    Make the holes in the net large enough so that the net can cover the items you wish to cover but not so large that the items can slip through the holes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rope

About the Author

Alexander Poirier

Alexander Poirier began writing professionally in 2005. He worked as the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine "Calliope," garnering the magazine two APEX Awards for excellence in publication. Poirer graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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