Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Knots, Netting and Hammock Making

We all want a little more of this scenery in our lives, but even if you don't have the dock, the hammock can still be an accessory to your life so you can take a mini vacation during your day.



Today you will learn everything you need to know about making netting and your very own hammock.











Tools Required For Netting



Netting Needle



Now if you do not possess one of these, do not panic. Also, please, whatever you do, do not go out and buy something unnecessarily. If you own a sharp knife and can get your hands on a piece of 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 12" hardwood, you can save yourself the wait and more importantly, money.



This image will serve as a sample template. There are many different netting needles, there is no exact way to make your own. As long as it imitates the likeness of the image on the right, you are good to go.



Taking your piece of hard wood, take a pencil and lightly trace out a picture of a row boat as it would look from a sky view. The tail of the boat should have a square indent. This is where your yarn will stay locked into place so it can be wound up. Next, draw inside this "boat" shape a U with a pointed middle. Cut out the U shape carefully with your carving knife, chipping away slowly in the middle and working your way out. Cut away from you at all times.



Netting



You can find netting in craft stores, kmart, wal-mart, etc. You can also find it online, search amazon.com. Look for 30-ply "Butchers Twine" or other strong strings that are not harsh on skin.



Metal Rings



These will serve as the ends of your hammock. Look at your local hardward store for these, you want them to be solid metal and 2" in diameter.



Two 1"x3"x29" Boards-a.k.a "Clews"



Taking a drill, with a 3/8" bit, make 12 holes in each board. Be sure to bevel the edges of the holes so that it doesn't start to cut into your strings. Set aside for the assembly of hammock.



Netting Gauge



This is a piece of wood or plastic that is 2" wide that you will use to make uniform mesh sizes.







How To Begin



Just as the image on the left shows, start to slowly wind your twine around your netting needle until the needle is full.



Now borrow a shower curtain ring from your bathroom, and tie the end of the twine to it, and anchor the ring firmly around a heavy piece of furniture or other object of significant weight.











Now Take your Gauge (2" wide) and hold it firmly against a just completed loop. Now wrap your twine around the gauge to make the next loop. All this does is ensure that your netting is equal in distance between each new knot. See Below image



The first column in the image below is the Basic Knot. This is the most common knot used repeatedly to make a hammock or other netting project.



The 2nd column on the below image is called the Increase Knot, which is used just as it sounds, to make one row longer than the previous one.



The 3rd column is called the Decrease Knot which makes the next row smaller than the previous one.



The 4th and last column is called New Row which is self-explanatory. When you are ready to make your next row, turn your mesh over and make your first knot in the last loop of the old row.







Now to get started on your hammock, make a single loop. You will be working diagonally out from the top left corner until you reach the bottom right. Move to the next row and increase to make now two loops. Build your hammock up slowly in stages, row by row, increasing in loops one by one, until the bed reaches 3 feet in width. Now start increasing at the end of one row and decreasing at the end of the next row until the hammock bed's longest side measures 7 feet in length. When one side is 7 ft. in length, begin decreasing at the end of every row remaining until you have just two loops left.See Image Below
Tie the remaining two loops together to prevent your project from unraveling and cut off your excess twine.































Attaching Your Hammock








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