Nine times out of ten, when I cast on for a project, I use a basic long-tail cast on. But sometimes, if the Knitting Gods so move me, and if the project is really special, I like to break out my Tubular Cast-On.
(I’m using it for my Stellar’s Jay Sweater.)
It’s absolutely gorgeous, especially paired with fine ribbing (it’s perfect with a 1×1 ribbing on sock cuffs). Properly executed, it looks like the stitches on the front of the piece simply swoop around the edge and continue on the back.
There are a couple ways to do it, which have all been written about online many, many (many) times.
The way I learned, is apparently the “Italian Way.” Who would have thought? There’s a great tutorial for it here.
There’s another way to do a tubular cast on, that frankly, looks much easier, but I haven’t tried it, so you’ll have to give it a shot and let me know how it goes. Here‘s a tutorial that looks pretty good.
What kinds of cast-ons do you like?