Summer seems like the obvious hammock season, but I actually love to spend evenings outside during autumn. Sure, it gets dark early and it might be a bit chilly, but that's part of the fun. There's no bugs to worry about, everything smells awesome, and you can tote out a blanket and be willing to be all snuggled up with someone...which is infinitely more enjoyable than the sweaty, sticky days of summer.
Kinfolk - a relatively new quarterly magazine dedicated to food, entertaining, and the make-and-do lifestyle, offer this beautifully photographed tutorial for knotting a custom hammock from scratch. It's constructed from 7/32" braided cotton rope that you can buy very inexpensively at any hardware store.
See the full tutorial by Jen Vitale and photos by Laura Dart at Kinfolk: