Thank you for your reply, this is the pattern along with wool I used, I needed to adapt the pattern to the wool I used, e.g. more stitches as wool not as thick and smaller needles, I started this mid 2016 to give myself a project due to having a hip replacement. All I needed to do to complete was a couple more squares & neckband.
I have just realised that I should have put more stitches on for the neckband, I have not allowed for the different sized wool & needles, I was getting excited that I had nearly completed the project & wanted to wear it. I will unpick & redo, would a different stitch make it a bit firmer maybe, I am unsure if I am a loose knitter, thank you again for replying, any suggestions are greatly appreciated.