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Terrific Totes, Leisure Arts, Book Review

Title: Terrific Totes
Author: Nicoletta Tronci (NT Maglia Crochet Design)
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., February 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4647-3876-0
Photographer: Jason Masters

 Terrific Totes Review

I have to admit this month’s review is completely my own personal pick! I have been wanting a closer look at Nicoletta Tronci’s Terrific Totes patterns for the past few months and I am happy to report – Terrific Totes is exactly what I was hoping it would be. I  it!

Back in May 2013 I first became aware of NT Maglia when I saw her pattern Borsona Bellagio on Ravelry. Borsona Bellagio is a pattern for a sturdy, striped, extra large shopping bag. It is a free crochet pattern and absolutely stunning!

Terrific Totes includes 8 beautiful totes you can make. Each one is unique and designed to be used with reinforced handles and borders.

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Here’s what you receive in this eBook:

  • Caffe Latte Tote (16.5″ wide x 13.5″ high, excluding handles), INTERMEDIATE
  • Sunny Days Tote (15.5″wide x 12.5″ high, excluding handles), EASY
  • Terra Cotta Tote (16″wide  x 13″ high, excluding handles), EASY
  • Twill Weave Tote (18″ wide x 13″ high, excluding handles), INTERMEDIATE
  • Sublime Stripes Shoulder Bag (14.5″ wide x 12″ high, excluding handles), INTERMEDIATE+
  • Arabesque Clutch (10.5″ wide x 6″ high), EASY
  • All-Day Shoulder Bag (13″ wide x 12″ high, excluding strap), INTERMEDIATE
  • Shabby Rose Tote (17″ wide x 14″ high, excluding handles), EASY+

Each of the designs was crocheted with a 4.5 mm crochet hook and using 100% cotton, medium weight yarn. The handles are reinforced using cotton rope and the borders are reinforced using corrugated plastic strips (which you can usually find at your local craft store in the baking supply department – they are also called “cake boards”).

General Instructions are provided at the end of the eBook and include written explanations and diagrams (where needed). You will find the following:

  • gauge
  • joining with sc
  • joining with dc
  • joining with front post sc
  • back ridge
  • free loops of a chain
  • working in a space before a stitch
  • post stitch
  • cross stitch
  • reverse single crochet
  • surface slip stitch

Everything you need is included and throughout the publication you will see the camera icon for technique videos too!

My favorite designs include: Sunny Days Tote, Twill Weave Tote and Sublime Stripes Shoulder Bag. I also love the Caffe Latte Tote and I am fascinated by how it is made.

Would you like to win a eBook copy of Terrific Totes?

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win!

This Giveaway is open worldwide where allowed by law.

Start Date: July 5, 2016; 12:00 am ET
End Date: July 12, 2016, 11:59 pm ET

In order to enter the giveaway, you must have (or be willing to sign up for) a free Leisure Arts dot com account. If you do not have one yet, you can sign up here:

If you are not the lucky winner of the giveaway and you would like to purchase your own copy of Terrific Totes you can get your copy directly from Leisure Arts:

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I’d like to thank Leisure Arts, Inc. for providing me with the review copy of Terrific Totes and for the giveaway copy for my readers!

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  1. These are nice totes. I have made a couple bags, but not ‘purse’ bags/totes. Kind of the same difference, right?
    I like the variety of patterns in your reveiw. Thank you!

  2. Use up that yarn!
    That’s the book I’d like to see reviewed. Scrap projects are usually so much fun.

  3. There’s so many great books on their site but the one that caught my eye was set swimsuits to crochet.

    Thank you.

    Have a great week. ☺

  4. Ice bock crochet looks really cute. Would love to know if it’s worth the purchase.

  5. I’m stuck! I can’t choose between, Crochet hats and wraps for baby or Crochet in a day for baby.
    They booth look cute ?

  6. This is great and I’m catching up on missed book reviews.
    I think I’d like to see what the Sweet pet comforts book is about.

  7. I would love to see a review and or giveaway of Complete Guide To Symbol Crochet. It is something I would love to learn.

  8. This looks like a great variety of styles and sizes! I’d like to try the clutch and a couple of the larger ones

  9. I am interested in seeing reviews for Shawl Books and maybe one on modern doily patterns.

  10. I liked your review of “500 Crochet Stitches The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible.” I liked that you mentioned it covers not only the 500 stitches but the variations such as filet and Irish crochet.

  11. I would love you to do a giveaway on this jewelry book or another one like it
    Easy DIY Jewelry Book 2

  12. I’d love to see info about Quilt Afghans to crochet. But then there are all of the shawl books and some on Aran afghans!

  13. There are so many great options out there. How about a review of SCARVES & COWLS CROCHET? Thanks!

  14. Learn to Crochet Socks for the Family. I have not been very successful with socks and would love to learn.

  15. Oh my! I love everyone of the patterns. If I won the hadest thing would be choosing which one to mm ake first.

  16. Oh my goodness! To choose! I have several (many) in my wish list! To cut it down, Everyday Shawls #75515C, One-Skein (or less!) Projects #75495C, Hat & Handwarmers for the Family #75488C, or Filet Afghans #5584C. These are my interests and also some quick projects to get done for gifts, etc. I will probably have the Filet Afghans purchased by then, but it is a skill that so many see as difficult… And since you are such an awesome crochet teacher & ambassador… 😀 Thanks for your generosity, with the giveaways, yes, but more for your diligent willingness to share your skills to help others better theirs!!

  17. I’d be very interested in a review of “THE CUFFED SHAWL & MORE.”

  18. Thank you for all your fabulous crochet designs! I can’t wait to make a tote.

  19. Thanks for all you do for the crochet community! I would love to see cuffed shawls and more as the next give-away these would be perfect for the prayer shawls I make for my local nursing homes.

  20. Nice giveaway. I have been wanting to make a tote. Terrific Totes looks like a great book.

  21. I would love a review on Cowls next please! … I need to find the “Perfect” one!

  22. Fantastic “Terrific Totes Review”, I am feeling inspired to create a new tote 🙂

  23. I would like to see you review Learn to Crochet African Flower Motifs and thank you for the chance at the giveaways

  24. Thank you for this wonderful give-away!?
    Please review “Everyday Shawls”.?

  25. I would like you to review the honoring the veterans book next

  26. I would love the terrific totes e-book. I love making totes and bags for gifts. They are beautiful and practical at the same time.

  27. This is a great giveaway! I love making totes and bags.

    If I had to choose just one LA book to review it would be this one –

    I am trying to learn more about Tunisian crochet and this one looks like a great way to start!