Originally Posted by taxlady
I had to Google a video of "cable cast-on method". That looks really complicated. I use the "thumb/continental" method. I also knit using the continental method. I have tried the other way, but my fingers just don't want to learn it.
If you have a crochet hook (doesn't matter the size, except I've never used the teeny-weeny one), what you do is cast on two stitches (left needle) and then you push the crochet hook between the stitches (at the bottom of the needle), loop the loop over the knitting needle, give a little tug on the yarn to tighten the stitch and repeat. I prefer using the crochet hook over the other knitting needle which is the method I think you saw on the 'Net. Basically, what you are doing is chaining with the crochet hook and putting the "chained" stitch on the left knitting needle. Does that make more sense than what you checked out on the 'Net?
I like this method of casting on when I don't want an edge that is "stretchy." My other favorite method is the "old Norwegian" cast on method which is similar to the continental method except you add an extra loop. I too knit "continental" (because I'm a lefty and because that is how my aunt taught me). I could never figure out how to knit any other way.
You can definitely cast on using the long-tail method (or however you cast on) to make these "slipper socks." Be forewarned, if you have a basket of them by the door, guests do tend to want to take them home...