I have fallen in love with a new cast on technique. I had done it in the past on one or two projects, but never truly liked it. This past Sock Madness competition had a sock that started with this cast on technique and amazingly I fell in love with it. I'm not sure why, but I did and I've been using it ever since. Perhaps it was all the Scandinavians who said, "Oh, that's the cast on we always use" or maybe it is because I realized how much stretchier it is than the regular long tail cast on. Although, do be aware that this is a variation of the long tail cast on and takes just a wee bit more yarn than the regular long tail cast on.
I have found that by using the Twisted German Cast On I don't fall too hard into the "Ooops, I cast on too tightly ... again" problem. I also think it gives a much nicer look than the ordinary long tail cast on.
This is the long tail cast on:
Notice the bottom is kind of wimpy looking and not very stable.
Here is the Twisted German Cast On:
See how the bottom edge looks like a lovely braid or a row of knitting and the base is much more stable. Yet it is fairly stretchy.
Here's a wonderful video on how to do the Twisted German Cast on: