This is one of our best and favorite patterns. This pattern outsells all other shopping bag patterns, and we get many requests for this. Probably because it is very sturdy, and it folds up flat to tuck in your purse. When you are shopping, just pull it out of your purse and put your items in the bag. It will hold a lot of weight, even canned goods. Perfect to take on any shopping trip. People tell us they make loads of these for gifts for their friends! Finished size is 15 by 13 inches but it does stretch to accommodate items as you shop. Uses 2 balls of bedspread cotton (2 strands held together), and 16 inch circular needle, US # 5. We have knitted tons of these in just about every color we could find!