The last problem was finally resolved after several hours rewriting plus checking & verifying stitch counts etc etc. And guess what it was? ... my error as I had missed out a 'yarn over' 2 rows earlier to where I was!!! I also will put my hand up & add that in trying to save time, I decided to omit adding stitch/pattern markers. NOT A GOOD IDEA as it was this omission where I think I may have missed the 'yarn over'. Anyway now I'm back on track but still writing out in longhand all the charted pattern.
And this is where I am now at: