So, I followed the pattern blindly.
We all know how this is going to work out.
I tried the first sock on before starting the leg pattern. The foot is too long. There was no way around that fact, although I did spend a few moments trying to convince myself otherwise. Then I contemplated whether I wanted to rip all the way back to eight rows before starting the gusset and withered a little inside.
(That's a pretty gusset though.)
New plan: My mom will love these socks for her birthday.