You know, if you look at the easy toe instructions on page 42, they don't have that confusing first line (after the unzipping) contained in the easy toe instructions on page 58. When I googled for errata, no corrections for page 58 popped up, but there is a correction for that stitch pattern you like, right here. (Thought you might be interested in that little tidbit.) I still think that the p. 58 easy toe directions must be wrong, though, don't you?
Anyway, did you look at the round toe on page 61? That one doesn't look too bad.
I wish I could be more helpful. You might want to seek out Rebecca, the sock-knitting goddess. Or you could go here and find an entirely different toe that you like better.
As for the question about doing the stitch pattern upside-down (which really would be a good way to avoid those pesky toe up toes, wouldn't it?), I really don't know. It seems like things might get hairy with those increases and decreases... maybe you can change your subject line so it's not specific to the book.