More to explore:
Chinese Waitress Cast-On --- this is easiest with crochet hook rather than right hand knitting needle
Chinese waitress cast on Stretchy, reversible, attractive
The Chinese Waitress Cast-On is a beautiful, reversible, and stretchy short-tail cast-on. This is really cool.
An encyclopedia of 211 (WOW!) ways to cast on and bind off.
Moebius Cast On by Cat Bordhi. The technique I'm using on my current lace project!
Russian cast off knitting tutorial. Makes a pretty braid-like cast off
Frilled Cast - Needs a lot of extra yarn for casting on.
How to Knit the Estonian Cast On (English Style) - YouTube
Pretty Cast On - PicnicKnits "You actually cast on 1/3 the number of stitches, using the long-tail method over two needles. Then in each stitch you work a (k, yo, k) to bring it up to the required number."
From Japanese knitting book, Nordic Knitting, 7 Miraculous Techniques - ISBN 9784579111626
Russian cast off. Great tutorial with good pictures for a stretchier cast off that looks "elegant"!
Arm Knitting How-To // Part 1: Casting On - flax & twine | craft + diy pin now and read later
Nordic Knitting- this book is in japanese and english, and shows 7 knitting techniques from nordic countries.
Provisional cast on with a crochet hook - my preferred way to do it.