Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were synthesized both in powder form and on substrates using alcohol catalytic chemical vapor deposition method (ACCVD). A detailed parametric study was conducted. As-grown SWNTs were analyzed using transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Nucleation and growth of SWNTs occurred within seconds after introduction of the alcohol vapor. The results show that high quality SWNTs with a narrow diameter distribution without amorphous carbon can be grown using Co acetate catalyst doped with Fe acetate above 750°C. Defective nanotubes were observed at low (450°C) and high (950°C) temperatures with the optimum temperature being 850°C. In brief, our work has taken a step towards optimizing SWNTs growth conditions using ACCVD.