Somewhere in the depths of my holiday knitting, I accidentally created a stretchy cast on. It is related to both the Chinese Waitress and cable cast on, but is distinct from each. I have been using it a fair bit in other knitting projects, and am quite happy with the versatility it offers. Some features include:
Short tail cast on: no need to guess at how long you should leave the end.
Very stretchy: it is as stretchy as the ribbing, so it won’t cut in on socks, cuffs, or necks. It is slightly thick when relaxed, so should prove quite durable for kids.
Looks nice on both sides, and especially with 1x1 ribbing.
Easy to do once you get the knack of it.
Worked in the round, can be used to eliminate the joining gap.
Can be used for double knitting and brioche (more videos to follow on those.