I am going to make a shawl out of the book "Folk Shawls," and it recommends a "cable cast on." I find this cast on kind of tight. Since the shawl starts and ends w/ garter, can't I just do a long tail on a size larger needle or a knit on cast on (or whatever the one is that starts w/ a slip not, like cable cast on, and which you make small loop, twist the stitch and slip it from right to left needle)?
Thanks! I'm using laceweight yarn and circular size 5 needles, 24", so maybe going up a size isn't an option because I don't want to buy another set of needles just to cast on.