Wow, I had no idea there are so many ways you can cast-on a knitting project. I started my journey this morning watching a video about cable cast-ons and soon found a gazillion other options. I need a cast-on catalog! So here goes.
Knitted Cast-On: If you already know how to knit, this is a great way for beginners to cast-on.
Long-Tail Cast-On: The ubiquitous, multi-purpose way to start knitting.
Cable Cast-On: Works well when you need a row that doesn't have a lot of give or stretch - like for a buttonhole.
Rib Cable Cast-On: Similar to the cable cast-on, this method is perfect for 1x1 ribbing.
Provisional Cast-On: A means to create cast-on stitches that can be easily removed later so you can pick up the stitches and keep knitting. My favorite way to do this is with a crocheted chain.
Estonian Cast-On: I actually learned this method from Nancy Bush last summer at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. What a great class! And what a great cast-on for socks.
Channel Island Cast-On: This method gives you a pretty, tricot-like edging.
German Twisted Cast-On: Perfect for situations where you need a stretchy cast-on, like for socks or a neck opening. This is my personal favorite.
Italian or Tubular Cast-On: Looks complicated! But apparently gives a very stretchy edge as well.
Turkish Cast-On: A very fast and simple means to cast-on for socks.
Mobius Cast-On: Cat Bordhi calls this a magical cast-on and she's right! Complete with double-rings of knitting and triangles and train tracks and much more, she uses this cast-on for mobius knitting.
Do you know of a cast-on method that is not listed here? Please let me know and I'll add it to this list. One can never have too much love, too many shoes, or too many ways to cast-on!