Pattern - Tyto Alba



About Tyto Alba:

Knitted for Susan Crawford Vintage by Tess Young. Tess cleverly plays with stitches with differing row gauges to create a cowl that provides coverage exactly where its needed!

Tyto Alba is a cosy, comforting cowl, worked from the bottom up in the round. It features a striking central cabled panel complemented by a highly textural, slipped stitch pattern to create a warm, bouncy fabric for those chilly days. The difference in the row gauge of the two patterns is used to great effect, creating a dramatically shaped front section which sits perfectly where your coat closes; at the back there is less bulk, so the cowl sits comfortably against the back collar. Short rows are worked at the top of the cowl back to keep out those chilly winds.


Tyto Alba is knitted in  our new Barn yarn, a DK weight, 100% British wool, with just the right amount of drape for this soft, comforting cowl and yet enough character to emphasise the beautiful textured pattern and sculptural cables on its surface.

 Both written and charted instructions are provided. All charts are read from right to left on every round.

Techniques used:

  • Textured stitches
  • Cables
  • Working in the round
  • Short rows
  • Blocking to shape
  • Optional - working from a chart

Product Information:

PDF download pattern containing full written instructions as well as charted instructions and clear schematic diagrams.

Knitted in Barn 100% British wool from Susan Crawford in shade Dry Stone Wall


One size


Barn from Susan Crawford, 100% British wool, 225m/246yds per 100g
1 x 100g skein shade Dry Stone Wall


15 sts and 43 rounds = 10cm(4in) measured over Elongated Purl pattern knitted in the round, after blocking. We obtained this gauge using 5mm needles.

Suggested Needles:

5mm (US 8) circular needle (40-60cm in length)

5mm (US 8) cable needle


Stitch markers