So I'm not completely crazy? It's such a coincidence that the last two patterns I've attempted were different from the pictures of the finished project. [The first one was a sweater with two different colored stripes on the sleeves, but the pattern specified one color.]
Thanks for help, [and letting me vent]. I'll bet your right about the pattern. I guess now it's just a matter of which 'look' I like better on my shrug.