I recently purchase 20 meters by 3/4 inch of used rope off eBay. It originally came form a crabbing boat off Brixham in Devon. The rope has obviously spent many years in all types of weather. As a result of this it is slightly frayed and sun-bleached. It has always been my intention to make and Ocean Plait Mat, so here is how I did it.
Knots by Gordon Perry
I have a copy of a book of knots written by Gordon Perry. So I decided to make the Ocean Plait as per the instructions in his book. As a project in itself, it is not too difficult to do. Even so the end result is very pleasing and useful.
One not of caution; to make a single mat, a fair amount of rope is required. For example the one that I created used about 12 meters of rope. I am sure that I can make something with the remainder of my purchase.
I basically followed the pattern as shown below:
I have to say that the rope did not smell at all when I got it, however, I was working outside and I got caught in a slight shower. I did notice that as the rope got a little wet, it did start to smell of the sea.
Here is the nearly finished article. Not quite complete as I need to tighten up a little and also add whipping or do a side splice to the ends underneath. Once again as with all images, click to view full size.
Just a few days later I decided to undo the mat and make it four passes, by doing this it used all 20 meters of rope with just a little bit left over. When I mean a bit left over, I would say that 20 meters is the minimum length to us for four passes.
Unfortunately the book by Gordon Perry is no longer available. However, Des Pawson has also written a great book on decorative knotting projects. The book is available on Amazon, if you click the link below it will take you to the Amazon page: Also available on Kindle.