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Dear anons, my bf wants me to knit him a sweater, he just wants a plain cabled one really, I have a female sweater pattern that should fit the bill and I have knit up before for myself but it's female. Not to be retarded, but could I get away with it? It's just a straight up and down one, only decreases are around arm cuffs and bottom ribbing.
There are a few things you'd need to consider:
If the sleeves are meant to be quite fitted they might end up quite tight on a man, I'd do fewer decreases than the pattern suggests.
Are the sleeves set in or more of a raglan or dropped sleeve? If they're set in I wouldn't recommend knitting that pattern for a man because it'll be very tight at the shoulders. You might also need to make the sweater a little longer than the pattern suggests.
It's such a pain in the arse to knit an entire sweater that the other anons are probably right that you should just look for a free pattern online.
Good luck anon!