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This Last of Us 2 Yarn Ellie doll was made by the lead designer herself, and she left instructions

"Cute" would not be a word I'd use to describe Ellie as we see her in The Last of Us 2 (opens in new tab)'s teaser trailer, but it would be for this crocheted doll inspired by the scene. Best of all? This fine piece of amigurumi (that's a Japanese word referring to the art of crocheting adorable dolls) was created by Emilia Schatz, lead designer on The Last of Us Part 2 and Uncharted 4 (opens in new tab).

Given Yarn Ellie's creator, you could say she's the official crocheted doll of the video game. But this one isn't for sale. Schatz posted the complete instructions (opens in new tab) on Naughty Dog's naughty blog (opens in new tab) if you're feeling crafty, wherein she describes the project as "moderate-to-advanced" in difficulty. It couldn't be harder than playing The Last of Us (opens in new tab) on "Grounded," right?

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.