How long is your circular? I find ML much easier if you have a longer circ. for hats I prefer 40" because then I have a loop at both ends which eliminates any gaps/ladders for me. It ends up being more like using two circs without any chance of using the wrong one.
That being said, I know Sue and a few others like the shorter circ and modified ML. Do what works for you and don't give up on it.