I wanted a big bag that would fit my knitting, my pattern, my knitting needles, scissors, cell phone, a blanket (not too big, you know), some medium-sized towels, a novel, a water bottle (or two), a magazine, a toy for my boy, sunglasses. . . all in a way that I wasn’t digging around at the bottom of a huge bag for all the little stuff. Dimensions: 16L x 7W x 16H You may use any yarn that will give you the same gauge as the pattern requires.