All I could come up with are: two long-tail cast-ons and that regular bind-off, you know the one, where you slip one stitch over another like with a potholder loom.
Leslie Ann Bestor beats me by a mile. In Cast On, Bind Off, her new book from Storey Publishing, Leslie presents 54 methods for both beginning and ending any knitting project. She provides a variety of cast-ons and bind-offs, including all-purpose, ribbing, super-stretchy, decorative, hems, and more. Every technique comes with step-by-step instructions with photos.
I love the book's design. This terrifically handy little volume fits into even the most crowded knitting basket. The wirebound binding folds open, making it easy to follow the instructions without having to hold open the book, too. The tables of contents are on the inside front and back covers - what a great idea! - so that you can easily find the cast-on or -off of your choice.
- Make a slip knot, leaving a long tail. Place it on a needle and hold yarn in the slingshot position.
- Insert the needle tip under both strands of the tail yarn on your thumb.
- Come over the top and down into the thumb loop, coming out underneath the strand that is in front of your thumb.
- Bend your left thumb toward the index finger and reach over the top of the strand on your index finger. The loop on your thumb now has an X in it.
- Bring the needle tip through the bottom half of the X (nearest the needle), grab the index finger yarn to make your new stitch, drop the thumb loop, and tighten stitch.
- Repeat steps 2–5 for the desired number of stitches.