A Mexican rope hammock, also known as a Mayan hammock, is usually made from nylon or cotton rope. A cotton hammock tends to be more supportive than a nylon hammock. Nylon rope hammocks withstand the weather much better than cotton hammocks. They are also extremely durable. Realistically, no two hammocks are identical. There is no particular ‘set’ standard because they come in all shades of colors and various sizes. There many useful accessories available which can make them even more practical. You can even personalize them to a certain extent. Rope hammocks allow the air to circulate around the body, and this makes them very comfortable in the summer months.
Step 1- Starter Loop
The best rope to use is nylon cord between ¼ and ¾ inch in diameter. Cut a piece of 3-feet rope. Tie each of the ends together using a square knot. This is the starter loop. Fix the loop onto a door knob, nail or anything similar, to hold the rope in place for working. Wind the end of the rope around the end of the netting shuttle a couple of times. Then tie the free end to the working loop, using an overhand knot.
Step 2 - Casting On
Put the gauge behind the shuttle cord. Keeping a firm hold, bring the shuttle up and behind the gauge, then through the starter loop. Take the shuttle back down and in front of the gauge. Pull the rope tight, keeping it in place with your thumb. Raise the netting shuttle in front of the gauge and tie an overhand knot around both the pieces of twine on the starter loop. Pull the rope tightly at the front of the gauge.
You have completed the first cast-on stitch. Repeat this until there are 20 cast-on stitches on the gauge. The gauge stick should be at least 12 inches long
Step 3 - Begin the Weave
Move over the gauge so the shuttle rope is to the left, then gently remove the gauge. Keep the gauge underneath the casting loops while bringing the shuttle to the front of the gauge. Wrap the netting shuttle to the back of, and then through, the first of the 20 cast-on stitches. Then, as before, bring the netting shuttle back to the front of the gauge. Holding the rope firmly, tie an overhand knot around the 2 ropes, of the first cast-on stitch. Keep the rope pulled down tightly around the gauge. Repeat for each of the first 20 cast-on stitches. This is the first row.
Step 4 - Completion
Repeat the steps for the first row, until 54 individual rows are complete. Always turn over the piece each time you finish a row. Try to keep the tension tight and even at all times. Whenever you run out of rope, attach a new length by using a weavers knot.