You will need a knitting needle and a crochet hook for the Chinese Waitress Cast-on.
It’s very stretchy, and provides a reversible cast-on that looks fantastic from either side of your knitting.
Place a slip knot on the needle.
Place your crochet hook under the needle, over the working yarn.
*Wrap the yarn clockwise underneath the crochet hook, around the knitting needle, and draw the yarn through the created loop.
Repeat from *, drawing the yarn through the wrapped yarn and through the loop on the crochet hook each time.
A few things of note:
According to Cap Sease, this cast-on was named after a waitress in a Chinese restaurant, who shared it with the restaurant patron (Mary Hu) who shared it with the world. I find myself wishing the provenance included the name of the mystery waitress, but that being said, at least it acknowledges the source.
This version of it was learned from the very excellent video done by Mimi Kezer, and if you are looking for the English/Throwing version of this cast-on, plus many more details, click right here to watch it.
I first saw her video in June 2016, and while I’ve included the cast-on as a tutorial here, I am deeply indebted to Mimi and her initial video for introducing this very easy-to-master variation to me!