As a climber, I tend to accumulate a lot of gear. Sadly, this stuff only has a shelf life of about 10 years +/- a year depending on the number of falls it caught. This is the first climbing rope I ever bought, and at the time I could barely afford it. I have a lot of nostalgia attached to this rope, and I don't want to throw it away. That's when I discovered that it can be recycled into a doormat.
I chose to follow this basic tutorial on the Ocean Plait Mat:
It all starts with an overhand knot....
A really freakin BIG overhand knot.
Then twist some loops, do some basic weaving, and lock in the pattern. My mat should be just over 3 feet long.
Take the long end of the rope and trace the pattern until you have no more rope.
This basically takes forever.
This ugly picture is for posterity. Once you finish weaving the mat, you need to spend the next 7 years of your life tightening it.
7 years later, and a couple more wraps.
The only thing left to do is tie of the ends. I'll probably try to melt them together with a lighter in true climbing rope fashion.
I tied off the ends of the rope with my trusty torch lighter. First step is to cut the ends cleanly with a very sharp knife. Then use the lighter to melt the nylon strands into liquid form. Fuse the ends of the rope together, and apply the lighter where necessary to clean up any loose strands.
Another shot of the tie-off.