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This is my first instructable, so feel free to let me know if there is anything I can do to make it better.

I'll be showing you how I made a fitted net to carry a nalgene bottle or other jar/bottle/item.

using the lid loop on the canteen works, but I have had several break after a while, and then I am doomed to loose the lid.

The net gives you multiple attachment options and offers some protection against rubbing.

I based my design on the instructions found here: http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/771863/hl/tutorial/tp/1/

I used a different knot for the bottom, in hopes of keeping the canteen more stable, but its still pretty wobbly.

Step 1: Gather the Supplies

I used:

1 Nalgene bottle (mine is extra awesome because I found it on the ground in La Grange TX)

2 Pieces of Paracord - 4 Armspan* piece and a one Armspan* piece

Cutting tool

Lighter to prevent fraying.

Knot book - optional but I always like to have it nearby when working with rope.


*My Armspan is about 6 feet, if yours is significantly larger or smaller add or remove armspans to compensate.


Step 2: Tie the Foundation Knot

For this step I used a good luck knot (who cant use a bit of luck when in the great outdoors)

to start the knot, lay the cord into a cross shape, making each arm and top about 3 feet.

if you have trouble tying the knot, just search for some guides online, there are a lot of them.


work any loose bits of cord through the knot and make it nice and tight.

after tightening the knot cut and seal the ends of the loops so now you have 8 strands coming from the knot.

Step 3: Start the Net

Pair up the strands with the one next to it, from the next pair over. and place an overhand knot an inch or 2 from the foundation knot. my explanation isn't too clear, look at the pic to clarify.

it will take some fidgeting and adjustment of the knots to get them all the same distance from the foundation knot, and placed on the jar correctly.

I put my knots on the side, it may add more stability to have the first set of knots on the bottom to help flatten the contact points the bottle rests on. if anyone tries it let me know how it works.

Step 4: Continue the Net

now you need to make the next few rows of knots. again use an overhand knot.

just alternate tying the closer strands to each other so you create an X pattern.

make sure all the holes you are creating are too small for the bottle to fall through.

The finished product will look much neater if you take the time to make all the knots even

my bottle had 5 rows, yours might vary.

when you are done with the second to last row move to the next step.

Step 5: Finish the Net.

The last row of knots is just like the others, except you tie the 1 armspan piece into them so you can cinch it around the neck of the bottle to keep the net you made from slipping off easily.

after tying the last row pull the cinch cord tight and tie a square (reef) knot to keep it tight.



If you want to carry the bottle by the paracord, and you left enough slack, tie a fishermans knot into the ends of the rope so you can adjust them and wear the canteen on a sling.

you can also tie a loop and clip a carabiner into it to carry from a climbing harness.

There are lots of options to carry the bottle now.


Enjoy!

<p>Here it is! Once I figured out how to tie the knot I flew through this project!</p>
I appreciate your instructions! I was looking for a water bottle sling I could make to carry water for my dog on walks and your's fit the bill with a few variations. <br> <br>For the strap, I alternated between overhand knots and good luck knots, making a sort of chain link appearance and I added a wide Soloman's bar for the shoulder sling for comfort. It's worked out quite well. <br> <br>
After wanting to all summer long, I just made one. Thanks for taking the time to post this. It's going to come in very handy in the summer and it's just so much nicer when you know you made it yourself.<br>
I have that same exact book, got it on clearance. Nice job using a decorative knot in a utilitarian way. I Like It!!!
hmm. the square/reef knot doesn't take kindly to that sort of treatment. an improvement might be to tie a half hitch on either side, which would further secure the square knot as well as put the ends in the right direction for a loop.
that's 'cause he's a dog, not a cat :)
Why did you do it this way rather than just using the knot the more natural way, without making the new groups? Just curious if it was aesthetic or something else. : )
love that book and I agree on the Ashley Book of Knots ;)
I have the same knot book at home!&nbsp;
Nice knotting there.<br /> <br /> L<br />

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