I admit that that cast on looks easier, I just don't know if it is. I only learned to knit a year ago and cannot crochet to save my life. I have tried very painstakingly to crochet a chain-- because some provisionl cast ons require one to do that first-it took me a very long time to do a 12 loop chain and I could make one faster with my fingers. The loops always fall off the hook. However- with the knitting needle there in the cast on it might be easier.
I have looked a easy sweater patterns where the last finishing step calls for crochet edges and have decided not to do them because I can't crochet. I sometimes can think of a knitted alternative but not always.--Still looking for the perfect sweater to make wehre I like the style and think I can do all the steps and don't have to crochet.
Oh I once did a practice provisional cast on following directions from Barbara Walkers book Knitting from the Top. It was easier than Amy's video, but I had to turn a page at a critical step and it was a bit of a struggle as well. I did succed but only for about 8 stitches.
Anyway, this doesn't have much to do with the bears- except for altering the pattern....