How to make that funny white curly thingy on your head – the barristers’ wig

For those of us who enjoy the handmade, the knitting & crocheting, I came across this lovely post from a site called ‘love crochet‘.



Included are these words from the lady, Alison (Ali), in UK who crocheted the barrister’s wig.  She talks about the historic building in her local town of Maldon, a building once used as the local courthouse in the era when convicts, including children, the abandoned class, were transported to Australia.

And note how she crochets using 100% British wool from the National Trust.


I recently moved to Maldon and immediately looked for a knit and natter type group to join. I found the Kitsch knit and stitch group that meets in the lovely Oak House coffee shop in Maldon once a fortnight. It was quite daunting moving to a new town and joining new groups on my own. The group was very friendly and by the end of the first evening I had somehow “volunteered” to crochet a barrister’s wig for a historic building in Maldon where visitors can go on guided tours and try on judges’ gowns. The hall was used as a court room at one time and many locals were deported to Australia for quite minor offences. This included children. The original wig is kept in a special case and a crocheted version had been used for visitors to try, but it had recently been lost. I found a pattern on Ravelry which I adapted, choosing to use 100% British wool from the National Trust.





Yes, sent out here to beautiful Australia, the end product of England’s infamous convict transportation system, it’s great big jail, the fatal shore.

For more on Australia’s origins, ‘the suffering & brutality of England’s infamous convict transportation system’ a must read is Robert Hughes’s enthralling book, ‘The Fatal Shore – the epic of Australia’s founding‘.  I digress.











If you think you might want a hand-made barrister’s wig for a play, a theatre production, a school dress-up, for a party, or an historical re-enactment, Ali, who crocheted the wig, includes the link to the pattern at Ravelry.

She tells you what you will need to crochet it such as pure wool, needles/hooks, a tapestry needle and so forth.  For more, check out her gorgeous Facebook page, Essex Country Crochet.




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