I used the long tail cast on, but I used 2 size 8 needles held together. Then I pulled 1 needle out before I started to knit. When I bind off, I usually just continue with the pattern. Like if it's K2 P2 ribbing, then I do that for the binding off stitches.
I wasn't sure what to do for this pattern, since it has yo's for every row and I didn't know if I should do a yo during the bind-off process or just knit all the stitches while binding-off..