I humbly submit the turkish cast-on as a superior alternative to figure 8. It's even cooler when used with magic loop for two socks.
Not only is it easy to do, but you don't create any twisted stitches so you don't have to worrying about working through the back loop. It also doesn't make your knitting off by half a stitch like some other cast-ons. Try it, brendajos. All the cool kids are using it. :teehee:
ETA: Okay, I don't know where I got the idea that it didn't, but the Turkish cast-on does make your knitting off by half a stitch when going in the other direction. :oops: I still like it, though.[/list]