I'm working on a hat, made on circular needles. The instructions call for several short rounds to be knitted before joining the work, then it says to cast on 26 stitches (giving you a total of 72), then join the round.
I'm still a beginner, and I've never cast on stitches other than at the beginning of the pattern. I normally use the long-tail cast on method.
Can someone explain the best way to do this?