Help with. Pattern

Hi, I am making the Campus Jacket as seen in Ravelry, having trouble picking up stitches and knitting them following cast off row

Thank you

Is it because you’re picking up on the knit side? Put the right hand needle into the hole below the purl bump on the row just below the bind off. If you peek over the needle you’ll see that you’re putting the needle through the center of the V of the knit stitch on that side.

Or is it something else about the picking up that’s the problem?