Pick up and knit

Hey guys–I’m trying to pick up stitches but I am picking up from the bind off edge and it’s really tight (I didn’t know until after binding off that I should have probably done so w/ larger needles to avoid this problem). Is there anything I can do!!! Could I use a crochet hood if it’s easier and then transfer the new stitches to a knitting needle to continue??

Yes–use the crochet hook–it’s a good way to pick up stitches when they’re tight.