Dear Tom Daley, please start selling your knitted creations immediately
The Olympics have given us a lot of fun, from the amazing efforts of the GB team who have seen them collectively amass 65 amazing medals to the female athletes showing the world (and you, Piers Morgan) what strength really looks like. And there was also Tom Daley’s knitting, which he did by the pool when he wasn’t winning a gold medal.
Fans were surprised and delighted to see the athlete show off his craft skills, which he put to use and created his own Olympic cardigan, featuring the GB and Tokyo team logo in Japanese. But in case you didn’t know, Daley has been knitting for quite some time now and has become so proficient he has his his own Instagram profile dedicated to his creations.
Not only can this man dive, but he’s a knitting machine. He made sweaters for his husband, sweaters for his friends’ dogs, sweaters for himself, and sweaters to auction for charity. He knitted unicorns, he crocheted and he even designed his own knitting pattern which is available for download, and all proceeds will be donated to The Brain Tumor Charity in memory of Daley’s father, who passed away in 2011.
The real question, then, is, when can we all buy a Tom Daley original? It’s time to give people what they want, Tom! Gold medals are great, but can we wear them? In addition, Daley taps into one of the biggest fashion trends of the moment.
Fashion is preoccupied with anything smart, with designers focusing on handcrafted details, woven accessories, and raffia bags galore (Prada’s has been the bag of the summer so far). Crochet, in particular, has become a big hit thanks to a multitude of brands (Valentino, Chanel, Dior, Gabriela Hearst) including crochet pieces in their spring / summer collections. What started out as a pass time activity during the lockdown is now a real fashion trend.
Of course, many still make their own crochet clothes. It’s a trend that has gone viral on TikTok, in large part thanks to Harry Styles fans who created their own versions of the singer’s JW Anderson cardigan. Kamala Harris’ daughter-in-law Ella Emhoff even entered into a collaboration with Batsheva after showing off her crochet skills on Instagram.
Now, it looks like Daley has inspired some clothing brands to launch their own Olympic knitwear to raise money for The Brain Tumor Charity. Notjust Clothing has partnered with Depop Drama to produce a Team GB knitted cardigan, 100% of the profits being donated to the association. Made from 90% recycled yarn, knitting is only available today for a limited time, so you’ll want to be quick.
Failing that, maybe Tom will release his own knitting pattern so we can all make the Olympic fever last a little longer?
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