I-Cord Cast On
How to Knit: I-Cord Cast On | Easy Knitting Tutorial for Adding an I-Cord Edge when Casting On
This knitting lesson teaches you how to do an i-cord cast on, so that the starting edge is a neat tube of stitches. This gives a stable base for your project to be built from.
If you don't know the difference between circular and flat knitting, I'll just give a little overview first - but I'll also be doing a more in-depth lesson soon.
Even though circular knitting needles are used in both of these examples, only the knitting on the right is circular knitting, whilst the knitting on the left is flat knitting. You can tell because the circular knitting always forms a circle or tube, so there is no separation between the ends of the rows.
Examples of a flat knitting chart (on the left) and a circular knitting chart (on the right):