I am a "thrower" not a "picker" ...though I am trying to learn continental method now. I have knitted for 40 years as a thrower and trying the continental stitch just seems awkard to me right now. I really want to try this stitch to make a scarf for my daughter to take her when I see her in DC in two weeks, So I am going to stick to English style for now.
Now that I said all that....your other questions.....
Do you make your yarn-over in the right direction(as if to knit)? Yes, I do that correctly
Do you purl right? What do you mean by "right" I purl like the video on this web site shows for English purl.
Odd....the first row seems to go fine for me .....it is the rest of the rows that seem messed up....especially the last stitch or two.