Keeping Stitches Live?

Is there a way to cast on and keep the stitches live?

Thank you!

do you mean to make a cast on that you have workable stitches on either side (so that you can knit “up” and “down” from there?)

That is called a provisional cast on.

My favorite one is described in this video here:

but there are numerous ones to use.

This video here describes that well, I think:

Yep, the provisional cast on where you use another yarn for the actual cast on and take it out later, or if you CO to the cord of a cable needle as shown on Fleegle’s blog.