Continuing on with my re-examination of cast on methods, I thought I'd finish up methods that use only one strand of yarn. All of these have the advantage of not needing a second strand - I know that's obvious- but that means you don't have the stress of judging whether you've pulled out enough yarn, or if you've pulled out too much and are wasting it, if you fear running short for your project.
As you can see, I decided that the rolling of a stockinette swatch was not the best way to proceed, so I re-did my first swatch and am continuing on with 1x1 ribbing. If you're making a notebook too, you can use any stitch pattern you want. Just use the same one for each swatch, so you can compare cast on methods with the same fabric.
For this section, I re-did the e-wrap swatch, as I mentioned. Then I tried the twisted e wrap, which is created the same way but with the stitches facing the opposite way on the needle. The next row is done in the ordinary way, which twists the stitches. As we saw last time, the e-wrap cast on gives a loose, loopey edge, which is supposed to be counteracted by the twist- but to be honest, I can't see/feel much difference in my swatches.
The next two swatches are pictured above. Up top is the alternate loop cast on. One stitch is put on e-wrap style, the next is twisted, and they alternate across the row. Again, this is supposed to make the cast on lose some of the loopy looseness, but again, I didn't find much difference.
Finally at the bottom of the page above you can see the Double Twist Loop cast on. You can probably guess from the name that this involves twisting the loop twice before putting it on the needle. I found this an interesting cast on to work, but not especially noteworthy in any way.
In the end, this whole group of cast on methods seemed to give largely the same results. Some of them seemed slightly easier, so whatever feels most comfortable is probably the one you should add to your rotation. As I noted, they all give a looser edge than the long-tail, so it's certainly worth keeping one in your arsenal. Next time, we'll take a look at 2-strand cast ons.
*By the way- you can find tons of resources for cast ons, in books and online. The most common ones will be found in many places, possibly with slightly different directions. The ones I've talked about so far can be found (among other places) in the Reader's Guide Knitter's Handbook by Montse Stanley.