How to make a jumprope!

Because of the lack of information on the internet I had to figure it out for myself.

Here are the steps to making a jumprope with the 4 pronged rope maker that I have.

Step one:  Find the rope maker in the garage!summer2013 001  Mine has 4 hooks in a square on one frame and 4 hooks all connected in the middle on the other side.  Both sides have handles/can turn.

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Step 2:  Cut your string/yarn/twine.  I used macrame rope — or whatever it is called.  I’m sure you can use any kind of rope/yarn/string you want.  The thickness of the string will determine the thickness of your final rope product.  You need to cut them plenty long.  Our rule of thumb used to be (when camping at Lycopodia) from “Bob” to the wall… of course that means nothing to you and only is significant to girls that have camped there… or we often cut the strings “2 picnic tables long.”  I cut my practice one double the length of my counter and that wasn’t quite long enough.  Better to be longer than shorter when making a jumprope if you want to be able to jump properly.  So… your rope needs to be 16-20 feet long per hook between the 2 ends.  So… in my case using only 2 colors each color should have been 32 feet long since I just looped it and came back with it.  Does that make sense?  If you use only 1 color it would be 4 x 16 feet long.

Step 3:  Make loop knots in each end of the string.  I’m sure this knot has a name but I don’t remember what it is called and the brief web search I completed did not show that knot at all.  summer2013 003

Step 4:  Attached the loop knots to the hooks on the square side.summer2013 004

Step 5:  Pull the strings straight and don’t let them twist.summer2013 005

Step 6:  Attach them to the hooks on the round side.  In this case I looped it in the middle.  If you were using 4 colors there would be loop knots on each hook here.  If you were using 1 color you would bring it down and back and down and back – looping on both ends.

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Step 7:  Turn the handle on the square end.  This will tighten up the individual strands of string.  Do not let the stings get twisted around each other in this process.

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see how they start to get tighter and tighter?

summer2013 008  Continue turning the handle until the strands are very tightly twisted and it becomes hard to hold the ends/stands and keep the tension on the strings.

Step 8:  Now… hold the square end and start turning the handle on the other end. This will twist all the strands together.  summer2013 009

This will get harder and harder.  You will need someone strong holding each end while you turn it.  You want to turn it until it pulls and pulls.  And then you want to turn it some more.  You want it twisted super-duper tight!  Tighter than you think.  We thought it was tight enough and it really wasn’t.  We should have turned it for a while longer.  You  can scoot the frames towards each other gradually but don’t let the rope start to twist up on itself or buckle.summer2013 010

Step 9:  When you think you have it tight enough and cannot turn it anymore nor hold the ends.  Find the middle and gently pull it so it starts to twist back on itself.  summer2013 011

Step 10:  Pull from the middle while your friends walk in with the ends until it is all twisted on itself.summer2013 012

Step 11:  Remove it from the frames and cut all the loops.  Use a small piece of string to wrap around all the loose ends and tie them tight.

Step 12:  (the fun step)  Take it outside and with a match/lighter/buddy burner melt the loose ends so they don’t unravel and ruin all your hard work.summer2013 013

If you calculated correctly, you will now have a jump rope – or if it is too short, you will just have a rope to use to tie up your sleeping bag, your back pack, your sister…. and it will be in fun colors and you will have made it!!!

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