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Hammock Chair

Hammock Chair


Description:  This Hammock Chair is easy to make, but time consuming, since it’s large.  It features a net-like panel that forms both the back and seat in one long piece.  It curves upward at the bottom to form deep pocket.

This Macrame project is suitable for beginners, since it is not complicated.  Make sure you are able to tie all the knots used in the design, especially if you are a beginner.

The size of the seat is approximately 32 inches wide.  To increase the width, cut additional cords.   Make sure the total is a multiple of four (36, 40, 44, etc.)


Supplies Needed:

  • 6mm cord material (355 yards)                    
  • Two 3-inch welded metal rings (heavy duty)
  • Flexible Tape Measure
  • Fabric glue that dries clear

Knots used: 




Cut the cords as follows:  

  • Upper Side Supports --16 cords, each 3.5 yards long
  • Lower Side Supports --16 cords, 4.5 yards long
  • Seat -- 32 cords, each 7 yards long         
  • Wrapped Knots -- 2 cords, each 50 inches long
Designer's Note: The images below mimic the details of each step, but in a smaller scale.

When you create your own Hammock Chair, the cords will be thicker and there will be more of them.


Mounting Cords to Rings


Step 1:  Pass 8 of the 4.5-yard cords through one of the rings, and match the ends to balance them.  Fold the cords around the lower part of the ring.  

Place 8 of the 3.5-yard cords on top, then fold and balance them.

Tie a Wrapped Knot around the cords, following the instructions below:


Fold Cord

Secure one end of a 50-inch cord to the right of the folded cords, next to the ring.

Move down 2 inches and fold it.  Bring the working end back to the area close to the ring. 

Wrap forward

Wrap the working end around the cords, including the secured end of the working cord.

Wrap firmly, moving forward, until you are close to the fold.


Thru Loop
  The folded area of the working cord now looks like a loop.  Pass the working end through it.

Pull End

Pull on the secured end, which is at the top of the knot. This will pull the working end, as well as the loop, inside the Wrapped knot.

Trim both ends of the cord flush with the top and bottom of the Wrapped knot, then tuck the stubs inside where they can't be seen.


Step 2: Repeat step 1, mounting the remaining 3.5-yard and 4.5-yard cords to the other ring in the same manner.

On both rings, CAREFULLY pull each cord so they grip the ring tightly. They should not slide back and forth on the ring.


Upper Edge of Back

Step 3: Secure the rings to your work surface, or hang them up so the cords dangle.

Select 2 of the shortest cords (3.5-yard) coming from the right ring, and 2 more from the left.  The cords you select should rest close together where they come out of the Wrapped knot.

These will act as holding cords for the upper edge of the Hammock Chair.
Holding Cords

Move down 36 inches from the bottom of the Wrapped Knot.

The four cords should be brought towards each other, diagonally, so they unite at this point.


Square Knot

Step 4: Mentally number the left cords as 1 and 2, and the right as 3 and 4.

Use them to tie a tight Square Knot. The working cords are 1 and 4 and the fillers are 2 - 3.



Here's a closer view of the SK tied in the holding cord.

You will be mounting the cords for the back and seat of the Hammock Chair on either side of this knot.

The ENDS are labeled, so you understand the next step.



Back and Seat

Step 5:  Move the ends of the four cords to the right and left, resting next to the portion coming down from the rings.

The cords for the back and seat of the Hammock Chair will be mounted onto all four parts, which you can see in the image below.

Designer's Tip: The best best way to mount the cords is to work flat on a table, so the cords are horizontal. 

Fold one 7-yard cord in half, and lay it down on top of the 4 holding cords to the left of the Square knot.

The fold should be heading toward you.

Larks Head
  Bring both halves under the holding cords, and over the folded area, pulling them towards you. This is a reverse Larks Head knot.

Leave some room between this knot and the Square knot on the holding cord.  Tighten firmly.

Right Half

Tie a Half Hitch with the right half of the cord, placing it to the right of the Larks Head knot.

Pass it over the holding cords, then under them. Bring it over the working cord as you pull it toward you.

Tighten firmly.


Left Half


Use the left half of the working cord to make a Half Hitch to the left of the Larks Head knot.

Tighten firmly.



Push Right

Push the first working cord to the right, so it rests against the Square Knot. 

Repeat step 5 with the remaining 7-yard cords.

A total of 16 cords should be mounted on each side of the SK in the center of the holding cords. 


Important:  From this point on, you need to measure carefully, so the rows of ASK are spaced correctly. 

Count the number of rows accurately, so the spaces match the number of side supports you have to work with.


Step 6:  To make the BACK of the Hammock Chair, tie 21 rows of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) with the 7-yard cords.  

The first row should rest against the mounting knots from step 5.   The remaining rows should be 1-inch apart.  You can reduce this to 3/4-inch if you want a shorter back.

In row 1, tie LEFT SK with cords 1 - 32 and RIGHT SK with cords 33 - 64.  Repeat for the remaining odd numbered rows (3, 5, 7, etc.).

In row 2, tie the LEFT SK with cords 3 - 34 and RIGHT SK with cords 35 - 62.
Repeat for the remaining even numbered rows (4, 6, 8, etc.).

Step 7: To start the seat, tighten the knots in row 22 so they rest 1/2-inch below those in row 21.  Repeat for the remaining rows. 

You can arrange the knots 1/4-inch apart if you want a tighter weave, but make sure the panel can still stretch sideways.

Important: DO NOT tie the knots for the seat close together.  There needs to be some space between rows, or the panel will become too narrow.

Stop when you have tied 23 rows (total of 44 for both the back and seat).


Lower Edge of Seat


Step 8:  Hang the Hammock Chair by the rings, if you have not already done so. 

Select 2 of the LONG side supports (4.5-yard) coming from the right ring, and 2 more from the left. Move all four of these cords diagonally, towards each other. 

This is similar to what you did in step 3.

Measure at least 60 inches down from the Wrapped knot. That's the point where the cords should unite.   Tie the Square knot to link them together temporarily.

Important: Place the seat on top of these holding cords, to check the depth of the Hammock Chair.

The seat needs to come up so it's on an angle to the back.  But it cannot come up too high, or the Hammock Chair won't be comfortable. 

Change the place where the holding cords are tied together, to make the seat move up or down.  Experiment with the placement of the Square knot until you like the depth of the seat.


Step 9: Once these lower holding cords are at the correct placement, tighten the Square Knot firmly.  Apply fabric glue as you tighten.

Step 10:  Move the ends of the new holding cords so two go right, and the other two head left, rather than letting them dangle. 

Attach half the cords from the seat to the right of the Square Knot, and the other half on the left, using Double Half Hitches. 

Designer's Tip: This is the same as step 5, only the type of knot used is slightly different.

Start near the center and move outward as you attach the cords (on both sides of the SK).


Tie a Barrel Knot with each cord, so the knot rests under the seat of the Hammock Chair, close to the lower edge.

Finish the seat by choosing one option:

(Option 1) Pass the ends through loops in the BACK of the seat. You can trim them a bit first, but make sure they are at least 2 inches long. Use glue to hold them in place.

(Option 2) Trim the cords and leave a fringe, so they dangle.  Tie Barrel knots at the tips to prevent unraveling.



 Side Supports


Step 11:  Organize the remaining cords for the right side support, into sets of two.

You will move from bottom to top as you attach them to the right side of the back and seat. The first side support is placed next to the SK in row 42, which is 2 rows up from the DHH at the bottom.

Side Support

Slide one of the LONG side supports (4.5-yard) through a space next to the Square knot.  Do the same with the second cord, placing it in a different space, next to the same SK.

Make sure the side supports are straight, with a little tension.

Overhand knot

Tie the two cords together with an Overhand knot.

Tighten it as much as possible, so it touches the BACK of the seat.

Second Knot

Tie another Overhand knot next to the first.

After tightening it, make sure it rests close to the back of the Hammock chair.


Pull the ends to the front of the seat before moving on to the next step.

Step 12: Repeat step 11 with the remaining LONG side supports, placing them every 3rd row along the right side of the seat. 

Then do the same thing with the SHORT side supports, when you are working in the upper area where the rows of SK are further apart.  The spacing should still be every 3 rows.  Make sure you place the supports as close to the Square Knots as possible, even though the spaces are larger.

Designer's Tip: It's very helpful if you place the support cords into position down the entire right side, then go back and secure them with the knots.  This way you can make adjustments to their placement if necessary.

Step 13:  Repeat steps 11 and 12, attaching the left side supports. 

Make adjustments to the knots as needed so the Hammock Chair hangs evenly, before moving on to the next step.

Another knot

Step 14:  Go back to where you started, and pass the ends of the side supports through another space, further in (to the left).   Then tie them together again, with two Overhand knots, as in step 11.

Do this to all the other side supports on both the right and left sides.  When you are finished, apply glue to the knots and allow it to dry before moving on.


Step 15: The remaining material from the side supports can be used to make a fringe.

You could also finish them off by attaching them to the seat with additional knots. 

Another option is to tie Barrel knots in each one, so they rest close to the Square knots.  Apply glue and cut off the extra material.

Step 16: Use chain or thick rope passed through the rings to attach the Hammock Chair to a thick branch or heavy-duty hooks in a ceiling beam.  

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