Problem with underarm stitches

Help! I have a mess where I am supposed to be picking up stitches for an underarm. I can’t tell if there is one or more dropped stitches.

It may just be the typical ladder that can form where the sleeve meets the body of the sweater. There are videos that show different methods for closing that gap and minimizing the ladder. Here’s one of my favorites.

See if just closing the gap helps with the laddering. The extra yarn will redistribute into the adjoining stitches in the rows below the sleeve opening. You can also give a slight tug up and down, and sideways if you need to in order to redistribute the yarn.
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Thank you so much. I will try your suggestions. Hopefully it looks worse than it is.



I think that’s a great video I refer to it often when pick up stitches for an armhole