So I went hunting for another pattern. I ended up taking a vintage pattern (knit flat) with ornate cabled cuffs and womens sizing and using that. Knitted in the round, without the cuffs, with entirely different sizing. It worked out quite well, so I'm working on the second now.
It seems like, as I've gotten more confident in my spatial skills and pattern drafting, that I've been more and more unable to use patterns as they are. There are always a few tweaks that I want to make, and I almost always end up creating something that's entirely different, except in concept. I've never changed a glove into a hat or anything that obscure. :)
I'd really like to return to the days where I could pick up a pattern and work from it. It was relaxing and...well, nice. Don't get me wrong, I love the problem solving, design process, and creation of something that's juuust right, but it'd be nice to try something new with the thinking cap off, again, and use someone else's knowledge and talent. I won't claim to have any mad design skills, but the busy body in me just can't leave a pattern alone!