I’m sorry. I’m sure that is what the problem is. Let me try to explain again. I knit Continental too.
Turn the piece of knitting so that you are holding the needle with the stitches on it in your right hand and the pointed end is facing to the left, and the yarn coming from the 2nd stitch from the tip. Take up your empty needle in your left hand and move that end stitch to the left needle, straight on, without twisting it or anything. Now you have the needle with most of the stitches on it in your right hand and the needle with 1 stitch on it in your left hand. Take the working yarn in your left hand (I believe you are just doing garter stitch, knit every row, is that right?), hold the yarn behind the left needle (the position to knit), knit that lone stitch so that it joins its comrades on the right needle. Did it work that time?