It feels a bit strange, mentioning all these animal names in the title of this post, but Monty is a marmot, and there are quite a few types of them. Their shape is basically the same, but they vary in colour and size. I have chosen to make an Alp marmot, which looks quite similar to the yellow bellied marmot.
Meet my chubby little crochet marmot called Monty.
Marmots, groundhogs or woodchucks don’t have the right body shape to give them the doll shape most of my crochet animal patterns have. Their body is more suitable for a standing type of amigurumi. When working on a doll with a shape like this, I have to be careful not to make it too realistic. My animals should resemble the real animal enough, so you immediately see what you are looking at, but more important, they have to be playful inventive characters. And Monty is.
Giving the head and body the appearance they are one piece, was the most challenging thing when I made this pattern. Marmots don’t have a visible neck, so my crochet version should not have one either. Making the head and body in one piece didn’t had the result I desired, so I had to make them separately. By making the body wide at the opening, I was able the let the pieces run smoothly over into each other. I’m quite happy with the result.
Here’s more of Monty and below it you can find information about the pattern.
Monty is 5,5 inch/ 14 cm tall.
The crochet pattern for Monty the marmot you can find in my shop and in my shop at Ravelry. Monty is made with Lett Lopi, a 100% wool. I have chosen to make the yellow bellied version of the marmot, but when you choose other colours you can make any kind you want. In the pattern you can find the Lopi colour numbers to make Monty, the materials you need to make him and of course a clear description of how to crochet and attach him, with example images as an extra help.