knitty.com casting on part I | Needle and Hook Patterns-all free | Scoop.it
There are tons of different techniques for casting on and most experienced knitters likely have a favorite. New knitters will perhaps only be familiar with one type -- the favorite of the person who taught them to knit. Learning several different types of cast on lets you choose based on the effect you want to achieve. Some techniques give a firm, stable cast on edge while others yield a softer, more elastic cast on edge.