Steve was The Merchant in a production of The Merchant of Venice a few of years ago for Theatre of the Dales and the actors all looked amazing in the super costumes produced by the Scarborough College of Art (they’re probably called East Yorks College of Art and Design?)as part of their final year theatre design work.

Tudor inspiration

Tudor inspiration

I thought of these designs with their wonderful textures and Tudor opulence when I came across this lovely Aran design

Bassanio-cowl-closeup

And so I made this neck warmer/cowl and that’s why it’s got this name!  You can download the pattern from my Ravelry page:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bassanio-cowl-or-neck-warmer