Thursday, 27 March 2014

Win a gorgeous kid's jumper from Picaloulou

I was recently introduced to this West Country brand and have fallen a little in love if I'm honest.

Picaloulou was born, like so many small businesses by a mother who spotted a gap in the market.  She noted, after a particularly harsh couple of winters that there was a distinct lack of good quality knitwear around for children. You know, age appropriate; long-lasting; well made; enduring; practical; stylish clothing that every parent yearns for.

Her range of beautifully soft jumpers; cardigans and accessories are designed and made in the UK, mostly hand knitted by a team of knitters - I love that you can 'meet the knitters' on the website and even message them.

They offer styles to suit all budgets, from the divinely soft and snugly alpaca wool yoke sweater that's hand knitted in the round which we road-tested, to a small machine knit range of cotton and cashmere blend crew neck jumpers.

All the items are made in the UK, and they source Merino and Alpaca wool locally, which is also milled and dyed in Cornwall using Soil Association approved dyes.  I adore the muted, natural shades that are used, and they are the antithesis of the loud garish slogan-emblazoned mass-produced items for sale on our High Streets.

Soil Association approved wool dye

We were delighted to be able to get a sneak preview of one of the new jumpers for the A/W 14 collection, the alpaca hand knit in delicious deep cherry.  Like her mother, Ruby can't abide itchy scratchy jumpers, but this was heavenly soft and incredibly warm - just perfect for the cold snap we've been having.  It was generously sized - we asked for 7-8 years as even though she's only just 6, that's the size of shop bought clothes she's in, but actually I think the sizings must be spot on and a 6 would have fitted.  Oh well, it just means we'll get even more wear out of it!

Picaloulou Alpaca hand knitted jumper - A/W14 collection

Picaloulou Alpaca hand knitted jumper - A/W14 collection

The neckline and cuffs were perfectly styled so I didn't have to endure the constant pulling and tugging and cries of "it's too tight" that I often do when she has a jumper on.  All the knitwear items can be machine washed on a delicate wool cycle and ours has kept it's shape and size really well.  It's going to be a sweater that lasts, and we're very pleased about that because we love it!

There's a huge range of beautiful designs to choose from for babies, girls and boys - cable knits, Fair Isle; Aran and Breton stripes.  If you're loving the Scandinavian vibe, then you'll fall for the Fair Isle Yoke jumpers.

Picaloulou Hand Knitted Fair Isle jumper

The cable knit pattern is a timeless classic and you'll want to hand these down to other children or nieces and nephews once your little one has outgrown them.

Picaloulou Hand Knitted Cable jumper

Generally if your desired size or colour is not showing on the website, they can hand knit it for you in around 2-3 weeks - the only problem you'll have is deciding which lovely sweater you want!

I'm delighted that Picaloulou is offering you the chance to win one of their gorgeous cotton and cashmere blend crew neck jumpers which retail from £32.  In a range of sizes from 1-2 years up to 9-10 years, it comes in a choice of shades - Ice Blue; Taupe or Claret.

Picaloulou Cashmere blend crew sweater

To win your own Picaloulou sweater, simply complete the rafflecopter below before midnight on Monday 7th April 2014.  One winner will be selected at random.  UK entries only.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with a jumper for the purposes of this review, and Picaloulou will supply and fulfill the prize.  All opinions are my own.

107 comments:

  1. Absolutely adore - http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/childs-breton-raglan-jumper-indigo-blue.html

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  2. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

    Hello the link above is an item i LOVE its got some lovely printing detail, my little girl really suits red so this is something i would look in to buying.

    Thankyou for the competition :)

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  3. I love the FAIR ISLE YOKE JUMPER! http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  4. FAIR ISLE YOKE JUMPER! http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  5. Scoop Hem Raglan Jumper in Pistachio http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-pistachio.html

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  6. This is just so cute http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/jumpers-sweaters-tank-top-slipover/hand-knitted-teddy-bear-hooded-jumper.html ...I want one for me!
    strupag.com

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  7. I'm a complete sucker for something traditional so it has to be this one: http://www.picaloulou.com/bestsellers/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html Gorgeous!

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  8. Love the cable jumper in icing pink.

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  9. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/squirrel-hand-knitted-animal-scarf-1.html I love this scarf,it's great!

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  10. I like the Breton stripe raglan jumper http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-knitwear-collections-html/boys-fisherman-knitwear-story-html/childs-breton-raglan-jumper-indigo-blue.html

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  11. I love this! My daughter has it in lilac: http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-knitwear-collections-html/girls-woodland-collection-html/rabbit-hand-knitted-animal-scarf.html

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  12. Love this one http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/childs-breton-raglan-jumper-red.html

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  13. the Cashmere Blend Crew Neck Jumper is so cute!

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  14. Hi I love them all just the simplicity.

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  15. FISHERMAN'S CABLE JUMPER is lovely
    (kim neville)

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  16. My godson would look gorgeous in this http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

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  17. FAIR ISLE YOKE JUMPER - http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  18. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/fair-isle-cardigan-ngt.html

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  19. I love this - http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

    Ashleigh

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  20. like thishttp://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/childs-lattice-cable-jumper-icing-pink.html but everything is fab

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  21. I love this blanket
    http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/british-wool-colour-block-blanket-blush.html

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  22. My favourite is this jumper

    http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/child-s-fair-isle-yoke-jumper-1.html

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  23. I love this it's beautiful http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle.html

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  24. I love this colour http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-knitwear-collections-html/girls-woodland-collection-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  25. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle.html

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  26. My favourite is this - http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

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  27. Super cute baby blanket: http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/baby-accessories/stripy-baby-blanket-1.html

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  28. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/childs-lattice-cable-jumper.html this one is just gorgeous x

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  29. Loving this: http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

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  30. I adore this: http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

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  31. Not an easy choice but this one http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/fair-isle-cardigan-ngt.html plus I'd need another in the second colour for twin 2 of course ;)

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  32. I like this one! http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/childs-breton-raglan-jumper-indigo-blue.html

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  33. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

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  34. I really love the photos of Ruby - she should be the model for their next catalogue.

    I'm thinking my little niece would look lovely in this Fairisle cardigan, it's gorgeous:

    http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/fair-isle-cardigan-ngt.html

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  35. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/childs-lattice-cable-jumper.html

    This is stunning

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  36. lynsey buchanan29 March, 2014 10:49

    I love the Hand Knitted Merino Fair Isle http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

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  37. http://www.picaloulou.com/bestsellers/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-pistachio.html

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  38. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/childs-cable-front-sweater-caramel.html

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  39. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle.html

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  40. Elizabeth Williams29 March, 2014 17:27

    I love this http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-mushroom.html

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  41. Love this
    http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/cable-knit-aran-cardigan.html :)

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  42. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/boys-aran-cable-cardigan.html

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  43. THIS IS CUTE
    http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-accessories-html-1/girls-hats-html/crochet-flower-hat-mauve.html

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  44. Plain and simple http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/cashmere-blend-crew-neck-jumper.html

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  45. The crew neck jumpers - these really suit Dexie

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  46. I really love the crochet flower hats: http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-accessories-html-1/girls-hats-html/crochet-flower-hat-teal.html

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  47. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

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  48. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-mushroom.html :)

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  49. It would have to be this jumper
    http://www.picaloulou.com/bestsellers/cashmere-blend-crew-neck-jumper-1.html

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  50. love this - http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/hand-knitted-guernsey.html

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  51. What beautiful stuff... And the name is just adorable too! :)

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  52. Sold on the claret! http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/cashmere-blend-crew-neck-jumper.html

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  53. I love this raglan jumper - looks so snug http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-mushroom.html

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  54. I love so many of them but my boy would look gorgeous in the ice blue crew neck! http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/ice-blue-cashmere-blend-crew-neck-jumper.html

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  55. I just love that ice blue crew neck too - and they are SO right about a gap in the market. It's all hoodies and skulls for boys :( Great business - hope it goes well for them :)

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  56. Loving this teal one here - http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/hand-knitted-guernsey.html and they're so right about a gap in the market - especially for boys - it's all hoodies and skulls. These are adorable and best wishes with the business!

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  57. http://www.picaloulou,com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/hand-knitted-guernsey.html

    Rachel Craig

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  58. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-pistachio.html This jumper is a lovely colour

    @TrishIsTheBoss

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  59. Has to be this one : http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html :)

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  60. So cute x http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

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  61. love this..http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

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  62. Lots of gorgeous jumpers, but particularly like this one - http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-pistachio.html

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  63. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html this is my favourite!

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  64. This one is cute http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/jumpers-sweaters-tank-top-slipover/hand-knitted-teddy-bear-hooded-jumper.html

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  65. Scoop Hem Raglan Jumper
    Mushroom beautiful jumper !

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  66. http://www.picaloulou.com/bestsellers/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

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  67. HOODED GARTER STITCH JACKET :)

    http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/baby-cardigans/hand-knitted-hooded-garter-stitich-cardigan-jacket-navy.html

    @ONEISJAMIE

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  68. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/fair-isle-cardigan-ngt.html

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  69. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/fair-isle-cardigan-ngt.html

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  70. Love this....http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  71. I love this http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/child-s-fair-isle-yoke-jumper.html

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  72. http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/cashmerino-baby-gift-set-rose-pink.html

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  73. http://www.picaloulou.com/bestsellers/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

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  74. Scoop Hem Raglan Jumper in Pistachio http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-pistachio.html

    Jill cordner

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  75. http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/baby-gift-sets/cashmerino-baby-gift-set-rose-pink.html

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  76. loving the fox scarf xx http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/squirrel-hand-knitted-animal-scarf-1.html

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  77. This dog motif jumper is lovely http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle.html

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  78. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html so pretty :D

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  79. Beautiful! http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

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  80. I love this http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/baby-cardigans/hand-knitted-baby-fair-isle-cardigan-slv.html

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  81. This is lovely http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  82. Breton stripes! http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/childs-breton-raglan-jumper-red.html

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  83. Beautiful jumper http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  84. Gorgeous jumper, lovely and bright.
    http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/hand-knitted-guernsey.html

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  85. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/ice-blue-cashmere-blend-crew-neck-jumper.html

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  86. I love this http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

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  87. i like this
    http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/child-s-fair-isle-yoke-jumper-2.html

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  88. Jane Middleton06 April, 2014 22:50

    Fair Isle Yoke Jumper

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  89. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

    I love them all!

    paulinecnd@hotmail.com

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  90. HOODED GARTER STITCH JACKET :)

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  91. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-pistachio.html Absolutely love this, just wish I had the pennies to treat her to this! Maybe when she is a little older and clothes will then last her a little longer I can justify it?! :D

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  92. Fair Isle jumper

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  93. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/childs-lattice-cable-jumper-icing-pink.html

    kinseyemma@yahoo.com

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  94. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/childs-scoop-hem-raglan-jumper-mushroom.html

    @muslimahi

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  95. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/childs-breton-raglan-jumper-red.html love it, great products!!!!

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  96. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  97. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/boys-raglan-cable-front-sweater.html

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  98. http://www.picaloulou.com/girls-handmade-knitwear/girls-jumpers-cardigans-html/girls-fair-isle-yoke-sweater.html

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  99. This one http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/child-s-fair-isle-yoke-jumper.html is gorgeous but there are so many lovely jumpers.

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  100. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle.html thank you x

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  101. I love:
    http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/hand-knitted-merino-fair-isle-khaki.html

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  102. would love this for my grandson
    http://www.picaloulou.com/bestsellers/fisherman-s-cable-jumper.html

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  103. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/cable-knit-aran-cardigan.html

    I love an aran cardigan

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  104. http://www.picaloulou.com/boys-handmade-knitwear/boys-jumpers-cardigans-html-1/cashmere-blend-crew-neck-jumper-1.html

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  105. http://www.picaloulou.com/baby-hand-made-knitwear/baby-gift-sets/cashmerino-baby-gift-set-rose-pink.html :D

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