Tiger Owl by Knitting Daddy Greg

Tiger Owl

October 2019
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
280 - 320 yards (256 - 293 m)
One size
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The great horned owl (also called the tiger owl) is the largest species of owl in the Carolinas. When I found the “tiger eye” stitch pattern in Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, I immediately saw this beloved owl looking back at me and knew it would make a perfect cowl for the Carolina Fiber Fest 2020 KAL.

Knitted in sport weight, this cowl is easily adaptable to other yarn weights. The size of the cowl can be adjusted (both in the height and the circumference) by modifying the number of tiger owl motifs that are knit. Knit the pattern as written for a loose neck cowl, or modify it to make the cowl completely your own. Modifications will, of course, affect your yarn requirements. Yarns in solid or tonal colorways will work best to show off the cowl’s lace; wildly variegated yarns will not.

This pattern is appropriate for an adventurous beginner while remaining interesting for more advanced knitters.

Please use the hashtag #TigerOwlCowl when posting pictures on social media.

Skills Required

  • Knit & purl, cast on & bind off
  • Increases (yarn over)
  • Decreases (k2tog, ask, k3tog, sk2p)
  • Cables (instructions included)
  • Working from charts (optional)


  • 4 stitch markers
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 28 inches (71.1 cm)
Height: 11 inches (27.9 cm)


  • v1.0: page 4 - tips for working quadruple yo refer to Rounds 2 and 3.

Tech editor: Ellen M. Silva
Model: Avery Maher

Photographer: Pam Maher
Test knitters: Carolyn Beasley (carolyknits), Deborah Roeske (DeaFelis), Jane Bynum (RedGateFarm), Laura Gorton (LauraKnitsPA), Mary Sue Moore (msuem), Pam Maher (PamMaher), Susan Sitze (LegalEagle)