If you don't like the Widdershins heel, you might want to take a look at the round heel for toe up socks. It's very similar, except that it uses only short rows instead of short rows and increases. There is no picking up of stitches. Knitty's Baudelaire seems to be an adaptation of the RH (round heel) except that she uses wrap & turn -- those instructions may or may not be easier to understand. I've done the RH with both wrap and turn and with encroachment with good results. (Of course I didn't find the Baudelaire instructions until after I unvented the w&t RH myself!) I think the original instructions, as written, make use of Japanese short rows -- I'm not sure because I do mine a little differently, with safety pins, a la Nona. I may try it that way next time.
The reason I mention the RH is because I think it's easier to adapt to other stitch counts than the Widdershins -- you just have to do short rows until you get down to 1/3 of the # of original sole stitches.