Someone asked a question that I also had about the pattern. The answer was to do the pattern as written. I did the pattern as written and got it wrong. More than once. I got more than one completely different wrong result.
I'm not an expert knitter, but I do have decades (really) of experience. If I can screw up something up this badly, it's time to frog the yarn and save it for something that makes me happy. I don't need anything new to stress out about.