This pattern was fairy easy to work, and didn't take too long. The only thing I had trouble with was where to put my hook for the Xs, as it wanted me to stitch in the sc below the dc. After a few rows I figured it out though, and now I've mastered that! I think that will help me when doing other sorts of long spike stitches that require going around the post of the 5th dc of the 3rd sc one row below the previous tc in the last row. Well, maybe not that one.
I used a G hook with Red Heart Super Saver White and CraftSmart Value Bright Red.