How to Braid Hemp Rope

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Hemp rope is used to make a variety of things such as clothes lines, swing ropes, luggage handles and dog toys. Braiding the hemp rope makes the material stronger than it already is. Hemp rope is known for its sturdiness and ability to withstand bad weather which is why many times it is used to help anchor a boat. Braiding hemp rope is basically braiding, but it involves knots.

Get two pieces of hemp twine rope. The rope should be at least 40-inches long. Line them up against each other and fold them in half (making four strands) allowing a loop on the top where it will be held down by tape or a tac.

Make a knot. Consider the strand on the far left to be A, the strand next to it to be B. The strand on the right side of B is C and the strand on the far right side is D. Take A and bring it across B and C, but bring it underneath D. Then take D over B and C and up through the loop between A and B. Pull the string through the loop and tighten to make the knot.

Begin braiding. Take B of the hemp rope and bring over A. Continue and take A over B and then B over A again. Repeat this until you reach the end of the rope.

Take D of the hemp rope and bring it over C. Continue by taking C over D and repeat until you reach the end.

Tie a knot at each end of the two braided hemp rope leaving about 1/3-inch of rope at the ends. Then braid the two strands by taking the strand on the right over the one on the left. Take the bottom strand over the left and continue until you reach the end of the strand. Then tie a knot with the strands of rope not braided.

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