The good news is that I've discovered a few helpful tips to make my Smith more successful!
- Read the pattern correctly. (Apparently I don't take my own advice.)
- Weave in the ends as you go. A little effort now will save you a lot of stress when finished the project!
- Knit the spikes in advance. If you've got space on your needle or have spare needles, you don't have to keep alternating between knitting the body and spikes. In my case, I'm using DPNs, so I was able to knit 4 spikes before going back to the body!
Hopefully, these tips will help somebody else avoid hedgehog deformity!