“I made my friends some doggy jumpers! It is the cutest little pattern to follow by @knittingland ❤️ How cute do they all look?! I was making another one at the pool yesterday lol,” the diver, 27, wrote via his @madewithlovebytomdaley knitting Instagram account on Sunday, August 1. Alongside his caption, he shared some adorable photos of pups wearing his work.
Last week, the U.K. native won a gold medal in the men’s 10m platform event. Soon after, he returned to the pool to cheer on his fellow athletes — bringing his knitting needles along.
“There’s Tom Daley — he’s got his knitting needles out,” a BBC commentator noted on Sunday morning during the women’s diving competition. “What do you reckon he’s crafting there? I wonder who he’s making that purple concoction for?”
Online, more people shared their excitement at watching the craftsman at work.
“Oh this? Just Olympic champ @TomDaley1994 knitting in the stands while watching the diving,” the official Olympics Twitter account wrote. A fan added: “Important Tom Daley knitting update: he was making a dog jumper and it is finished.”
In his Instagram Stories, Daley gave a shout-out to the specific dog he knit the purple sweater for: a French bulldog named Izzy.
“I don’t have a dog to show you what it looks like on, but this is the dog jumper I was making,” he said in the video. In a caption, he added: “@Izzythe.frenchie I FINISHED YOUR SWEATER!”
Prior to crafting the popular puppy outfit, the television personality shared that he’d made a pouch for his gold medal.
“Learning to knit and crochet has helped me so much through these Olympics and we won GOLD yesterday 🥇 I made a little medal case too! 🇬🇧🇯🇵 YAY!” he wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, July 27. Daley then showed off his work, which featured a U.K. flag on the front and Japan flag on the back.
In the post’s comments, fans joked that they hoped the athlete had made more pouches for his fellow teammates — and his future prizes.
“I love this! Amazing knitting AND diving,” one social media user wrote. A second chimed in: “I hope you kept the pattern in mind to knit another one really soon !!!”
Daley’s knitting Instagram account is currently set up to raise money for charity with a handmade rainbow sweater raffle. As of Monday, August 2, he’d raised just under $3,000 via the account for The Brain Tumour Charity.