Imperial Headboard


Imperial Headboard

Imperial Headboard
Imperial Headboard

Some pieces have that stunning look that immediately makes you think about majestic and admirable things. When working with large macramé designs, you find yourself creating pieces of art which have that imposing elegance. This headboard is the case of a perfect accent for your bedroom with that delicate and simple but magnificent touch that will highlight your queen-size bed!

Finished Size:
5 feet wide x 31.5 inches long (1.40 m wide x 80 cm) long

100 pieces, 146 inches (370 cm) long

Materials List

  • Wooden dowel, 5.5 feet (1.6 m) long
  • 3 mm 3-strand twisted cotton cord, about 1,214 feet (370 m) total
  • High-quality Scotch or masking tape

Knots & Patterns

  • Lark’s Head Knot
  • Half Knot Sinnet
  • Alternating Square Knot
  • Square Knot Diamond
  • Square Knot Small Cluster
  • Square Knot Big Cluster


  1. As you’ll be working with very long cords, we suggest that you tape the ends so that they don’t unravel as you go. Attach all 100 pieces of the 146-inch (370-cm)-long cord onto the dowel with the Lark’s Head Knot.

  2. Start the design by taking the first 4 cords to make a Half Knot Sinnet of 10 Half Knots. Then, repeat the same with the remaining cards until you have a total of 50 Half Knot Sinnets.

  3. Leaving the first 2 cords without tying, tie 2 rows of Alternating Square Knots. Tie them tight and close to the sinnets.

  4. Starting from the left of the design, use cord numbers 19, 20, 21 and 22 to tie the 1st Square Knot of a Square Knot Diamond. Then, tie 9 Square Knots on each side of the diamond. As this diamond has a pattern inside, you only have to make a half diamond up to now. Repeat the same with cords 59, 60, 61, 62; again with cords 99, 100, 101, 102; again with cords 139, 140, 141, 142; and lastly with cords 179, 180, 181, 182. You should now have a total of 5 half diamonds. Since these diamonds are one next to the other, a 10th Square Knot will be the one that joins them.

  5. Make another row of Square Knots close to the previous one.

  6. Now, we are going to make a smaller Square Knot Diamond with a Square Knot Small Cluster inside it. Take the 4 cords in the middle of the bigger half diamond and leave 2 inches (5 cm) from it to start a smaller Square Knot Diamond of 5 knots. Once you have done half the diamond, take the 4 cords in the middle of it and leave 1.2 inches (3 cm) to tie a Square Knot Small Cluster. Then finish the small diamond. Repeat the same in the other diamonds.

  7. Now, it is time to close the big diamonds! Starting from the left of the design, leave the first 2 cords without tying and tie the 1st row of the diamond. For the following diamonds, leave the 4 cords in the middle where the diamonds join without tying and then use the following 4 cords to tie the first row of Square Knots.

  8. Once you have completed the 1st rows of Square Knots to close the diamonds, complete the 2nd rows. For each diamond, start the 2nd row of Square Knots using 2 of the cords in the middle where the diamonds join.

  9. Make 4 Square Knot Big Clusters between the 4 diamonds in the center of the design. Leave a space of 3.2 inches (8 cm) from the pattern above and take the 4 cords in the middle to start the clusters.

  10. Next, make 5 Square Knot Small Clusters at the bottom of the diamonds, leaving 3.2 inches (8 cm) from them. In order to begin the clusters, use the last 4 cords you used to make the last Square Knot of the diamonds. Finally, trim the ends at 31.5 inches (80 cm) from the dowel and unravel them a little bit.

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