Only a securely hung hammock is a good hammock. And you have many options for this. You can find out more about this in our guide: “Hanging up a hammock: the right way to do it”. What almost all of these variants have in common is that you need a secure knot to attach it.
In our knot guide, we would like to introduce you to the most important knots for attaching your hammock and show you how to tie hammock knots.
Not Every Knot is Suitable for Hammocks
Unpacking the package and simply attaching the hammock to the rope is not a good idea. Here you should definitely know what you are doing. After all, every knot is subjected to a fair amount of stress. If you just start knotting like crazy or don’t show the necessary care, you can quickly end up on your pants bottom.
For this reason alone, not all knots are suitable for attaching a hammock. Especially not the classic “housewife knot” that each of us intuitively uses in everyday life.
But beware: the so-called “spade stitch” is still important – as a safety knot. Before we get started with the little knots, we would like to point out that you should definitely master the knots shown before you lie down in the hammock. This shouldn’t be a problem as you can practice with almost any rope.
How to Tie Hammock Knots: Step by Step
The easiest way to hang up the hammock is with a simple rope. When attaching the hammock with knots, the primary concern is the strength and breaking load of the knot. However, it is just as important that the knot does not become too tight under load.
In our opinion, the “double figure eight knot” is the best knot for connecting the hammock to the rope, where the mat is anchored to the fixed point. It is one of the loop knots and tightens under load without loosening. At the same time, the double rope guide ensures that you can untie the knot more easily.
And this is how the node works step by step:
1. Prepare the rope on the hanging loop of your hammock. Now make a loop as shown in the picture. Make sure that the loose end of the rope pointing towards the hammock has at least one meter of air.
2. Hold the crossing point with your thumb and forefinger. Then pass the short end of the rope under the long end of the rope and then pierce it through the loop from above. Pull the short end through until it forms a figure eight.
3. Now take the short end and thread it through the hanging loop of your hammock. Make sure that the resulting loop does not get too big. Otherwise, in the last step, you will not have the necessary length of rope to secure the knot.
4. Once you have determined the optimal loop size, follow the rope course of the eight that has been created with the short end of the rope in reverse order.
5. Tighten the knot by pulling on the loop and both ends of the rope at the same time.
6. Now take a look at the knot and check that all strands of rope are parallel to each other. Only then can the knot carry the load optimally. If there are any crossings, push the individual strands straight until they run parallel (see picture).
7. Secure the “double figure eight knot” with a fisherman’s stitch. This step is optional because the figure-of-eight knot tightens itself and the rope itself cannot go through. But you know: Safety first!
Why figure eight knot and not the classic “hammock knot”?
As a rule, the “Becket Hitch”, also known as a hammock knot, is used to attach the hammock only with rope. This works perfectly. For this reason, we will also show you how it works below. In our opinion, however, the “double figure eight knot” has a number of advantages over the “becket hitch”.
The double figure eight knot is extremely strong, as several strands of rope provide the necessary friction. Accordingly, the knot is used wherever high resilience is required. For example when climbing as a safety knot or with the fire brigade in the area of height rescue and fall protection.
At the same time, the course of the rope is straight so that the force from the loop that has been made is distributed relatively evenly through the knot to the long end of the rope. The “Becket Hitch” results in multiple crushing and often even twisting of the hanging loop on the hammock. This works but is far from ideal if the hammock is dynamically loaded by a heavy person or by several people.
What also speaks for the “double eight” are simplicity and comfort. The knot can be tied intuitively without having to memorize several looping steps. At the same time, once you have tied a figure eight knot, you can make your life much easier because you can use it together with a carabiner.
Right Knot for Fastening with a Carabiner
If you want to attach your hammock to a carabiner, you can also use the “double eight” as a hammock knot for the carabiner. When making the “double eight” you can make it even easier for yourself, since you can even tie the hammock knot for the carabiner used. And it works like this:
1. Take about 100 to 120 centimeters of your fastening rope twice, as shown in the picture.
2. Now make an eye with the double rope so that the rope looks like the number four.
3. Now loop the long end of the double strand of rope with the resulting loop.
4. Now thread the loop through the eye from above and tighten the knot.
5. Finally, secure the short end with an optional fishtail stitch.
Now all you have to do is hook a carabiner into the loop of the “double eight” and also attach it to the suspension eyelet on your hammock. In the last step, you now attach the loose end of the rope to your fixed point at the optimal distance. You can use different knots to attach it to the fixed point.
Including the figure eight knot including the carabiner. The big advantage of the carabiner variant is that you can assemble and disassemble your hammock in seconds without having to re-knot it. At the same time, you can attach the hammock to the rope without having to fiddle with the optimal distance again and again.
Important: Please use high-quality carabiners with a sufficient breaking load to attach your hammock. Screw carabiners that cannot come loose by a stupid accident are ideal. Here you can find our range of carabiners.
More Hammock Knots
Hammock knots shown are not the only way you can tie your hammock to a rope. Alternatively, the already mentioned “Becket Hitch” can be used to attach it between the rope and the hammock. But the “Palstek” (pile) can also be used together with a carabiner. Our series of pictures shows you exactly how the knots work.
Becket Hitch Hammock Knots
Bowline Hammock Knots
Alternative: Attachment Sets for Hammocks
You do not want to deal with knots and knot your slopes? As an alternative to the trio of hammocks, knots and carabiners, many manufacturers offer ready-made attachment sets for hammocks.
With these, hammocks can be hung up easily, quickly and even in a tree-friendly manner. Some fastening systems allow hanging between fixed points with different distances thanks to integrated fastening loops. And that without a single knot.