British Diver Tom Daley Goes Viral for Knitting a Dog Sweater in the Stands at Tokyo Olympics

Olympic Diver Tom Daley

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Even after winning a gold medal in synchronized diving, British athlete Tom Daley is still making waves at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. During the women's 3-meter springboard final and the men's 3-meter springboard preliminary round, he was seen in the spectator stands, knitting needles in hand.

The photo of the Olympian meditatively working on a purple garment went viral on the internet. It turns out that Daley picked up knitting and crocheting during the first COVID-19 lockdown and fell in love with the craft. On his dedicated art Instagram account, @madewithlovebytomdaley, he said, “Learning to knit and crochet has helped me so much through these Olympics.”

Later, the gold medalist revealed what he was working on so intently in the viral photographs—a dog sweater for an Instagram-famous client, Izzy the Frenchie using a pattern by Durham-based artist Alice in Knittingland. He also made a little Union Jack pouch to hold his newly won gold medal and a plethora of colorful garments for his husband and their son.

You can keep up with Daley's newest creations by following his knitting and crochet Instagram, and find the dog sweater patterns he was using via Knittingland's Etsy shop.

An image of British diver Tom Daley knitting in the stands at the Tokyo Olympics has gone viral.


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The athlete later revealed that he was making a sweater for a dog client, Izzy the Frenchie.


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Here are some of the Olympian's other doggie jumpers:


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Daley also made a Union Jack pouch for his gold medal!


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Tom Daley: Instagram
Izzy the Frenchie: Instagram
Alice in Knittingland: Etsy | Instagram
h/t: [Popsugar]

All images via Instagram. 

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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