Hmm, I'm not sure. But I had to pick up stitches above the knuckle on my pair of Broad Street Mittens, and it looked the same way. It kind of looks like a twisted stitch because I inserted the needle into the left side of each stitch (the non-live stitches) to knit. I don't really know any other way to do it, so sorry that I can't offer much advice. I think it still looks fine, especially if it's under the arm.