Gone Outdoors

How to Make a Heavy Rope Net

by Robert Preston

A cargo net can serve a variety of purposes, ranging from carrying items like a sack, securing loads for transport or providing a means to climbing up a wall or over an expanse. Using thick and durable heavy rope allows you to tie your own cargo net from a single segmented rope, or several smaller ropes, by creating a series of small six-loop braids and then interlocking the braids together to form a larger cargo net.

Basic Weave

1. Fold the rope in half, then grab both ends, form a loop and pull the ends through to tie a knot so that the loop formed between the knot and the bend is as large as your desired cargo-net loops.

2. Position the rope with the loop near you and the loose ends facing away.

3. Bend the right loose end down over the right side of the first loop, creating a second loop. Adjust so the second loop is approximately the same size as the first loop.

4. Pass the loose end through the first loop, starting over the loop, then passing under it, and then through the second loop from the bottom, pulling through so the loose end is above the second loop.

5. Drape the loose end over the near side of the second loop, and then pass the end through the first loop from beneath and underneath the draped section. Pull on the loose end and the second loop to tighten the cow hitch around the initial loop.

6. Tie the left loose end to the left side of the first loop with a cow hitch. You now have three matching loops.

7. Grab both loose ends and bring them together under the first loop and then tie a knot with both to create a loop the same size as the first loop.

8. Secure the left loose end to the left side of the new loop, and the right loose end to the right side, with cow hitches.

9. Ensure that all hitches and knots are snug, then cut the excess rope from each end. The excess ends can now be used to make the next six-loop section.

Building the Net

1. Tie the initial loop for the new section being braided with a new rope, as you did the first loop of the first looped section.

2. Position the loop to the right of the starting loop of the section onto which you are braiding to extend the net out to the side, and then tie the right loose end with a cow hitch as normal.

3. Pass the left loose end through the top right loop of the prior section, and then secure it to the first loop of the current section with a cow hitch.

4. Tie the two loose ends of the current section together to make the bottom knotted loop for the new section, then secure the right loose end with a cow hitch.

5. Weave the left loose end through the lower right loop of the prior braid, then secure it to the knotted loop with a cow hitch.

6. Tie a beginning loop with a new section of rope and position the loop below the prior section to extend the net down another row.

7. Thread the left loose end through the lower left loop of the braided section above it, and the right loose end through the lower right loop of the section above the current section.

8. Secure each end to the knotted loop of the current section with a cow hitch. Complete the bottom half of the braided section as normal

9. Continue to grow the net by braiding new six-loop sections, interlocking any corner loop with the aligning corner loops from adjacent sections.

Items you will need
  • Knife

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