Macrame Cat Hammock

4 Materials
4 Hours

I have no cat, okay? But I promised my readers I’d give them a tutorial for a macrame cat hammock, so here it is. Besides, it turned out so sweet, it almost makes me want to adopt a kitten. Almost. Another nice thing about this hammock is that it’s comprised of mostly Square Knots, so it’s easy enough for macrame beginners.
Cut 24 pieces of rope, each measuring 20 feet long. Wrap a small piece of masking tape around each end of rope, to prevent fraying while weaving the design. Once the 24 rope pieces are cut and ends are taped (to prevent fraying), tie each one to the wooden pole using a Lark’s Head Knot. 
You now have 24 Lark’s Head Knots tied onto the pole and 48 individual cords hanging. To follow the instructions correctly, you need to understand the following key. While knotting, try to keep each horizontal row even, and always go from left to right. To make a proper Square Knot, see the tutorial here.
Start with 1st cord: 12K  (starting with 1st individual cord from the left, tie 12 Square Knots)
Start with 3rd cord: 11K (starting with 3rd individual cord from the left, tie 11 Square Knots)
Start with 5th cord: 4K – S8 – 4K
4th row: Start with 7th cord: 3K – S12 – 3K5th row: Start with 9th cord: 2K – S16 – 2K6th row: Start with 11th cord: 1K – S8 – 1K – S8 – 1K
7th: Start with 9th cord: 2K – S16 – 2K8th: Start with 7th cord: 3K – S12 – 3K9th: Start with 5th cord: 4K – S8 – 4K10th: Start with 3rd cord: 5K – S4 – 5K11th: Start with 1st cord: 12K12th: (Begin this row about 4″ lower than the previous row.) Start with 5th cord: 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K
13th row: (Begin this row about 3″ lower than the previous row.) Start with 2nd cord: 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2 – 1K – S2
14th row: (Begin this row about 3″ lower than the previous row.) Start with 1st cord: 12K
15th row: (Begin this row about 3″ lower than the previous row.) Start with 3rd cord: 11K
About 20″ down from the last row of knots, make a Wrapped Knot (using a spare piece of cording). About 12″ below the bottom of the Wrapped Knot, trim the cords evenly.
Nestle a small cat bed or pillow within the cords just above the Wrapped Knot. Spread the cords evenly around the bed. I used a whimsical 18″ square pillow from Target. If you cannot find a drapery rod short enough, cut a larger one down to fit. For an extra touch, I mimicked the pattern on the pillow onto the finials, using a permanent marker. To hang the hammock, tie an extra piece of rope onto the two ends of the rod and hang from a ceiling hook. For more detailed instructions, sources, and knot tutorials, go to the Macrame page at

Suggested materials:

  • 24″ long wooden drapery rod (1″ diameter) with two finials
  • Five 100-foot rolls of cotton clothesline (3/16″)
  • 18″ square throw pillow  (Target)
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Claudia
    on Jan 9, 2020

    About how long is the finished "cat cradle"?

  • Mary
    on Jan 9, 2020

    so where is a photo of a cat actually using this "cat's cradle?

    • Ann
      on Jan 9, 2020

      Kitty is in the empty box that the cord and supplies were kept in! 😂😂😂

  • Tbc23587069
    on Jan 9, 2020

    How do you tie a square knot using four strings?

    • Coos Bay Nana
      on Jan 9, 2020

      use the two outer cords to tie the actual knot, surrounding the two inner cords. You can find excellent tutorials on the web by googling macrame knots. It’s really quite simple, once you do a few and develop muscle memory..

      You’ll know it’s wrong if the finished knot doesn’t lay flat. A granny knot, if multiple knots are put together, forms a spiral design.

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  • ShelbyNeen
    on Jan 10, 2020

    I love everything macrame but never had the knack for it. The instructions above made my eyes cross. Maybe it's attention deficit disorder?

    My cat is young and extremely frisky; she would get tangled up in those cords in a second. I would have to use it for a plant holder instead; but I do LOVE it. Thanks!


  • Leslie
    10 hours ago

    ShelbyNeen, I was thinking same thing, also if there are small kids around. I would make a padded liner for the back where the ropes go around and under the pillow. Ever see a cat get stuck in the handles of a plastic bag? Not good. Also the cave like feeling of the pillow with the liner help to make the cat feel secure. If you decide to make this and the cat is not interested. Try cat nip spray. spray it on the pillow and if the animal continues to use the hammock fine, if not use for a plant holder :)

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