Learn to create a Crochet Cast On! It is a useful tool in your knitting tool box! There are a variety of uses that make this in invaluable cast on and I would put it in the intermediate to advanced category. Intermediate or advanced, because if you have not crocheted before then holding the yarn will be somewhat foreign, but remember that each new technique you learn will grow your skill and if you take it step by step you will master this crocheted cast on in no time at all.
The crochet cast on is useful for necklines leaving the edge smooth and without any gaps. The crochet cast on perfectly matches the standard or basic bind off, so if you are beginning a scarf of blanket, you can finish with a matching stitch. This is also the standard stitch you would use to create a provisional cast on, which is nearly the same, but you will begin a provisional cast on with scrap yarn instead of using your project yarn which then allows you to pick up your stitches at the beginning and knit in the other direction.
If you have never tried the crochet cast on before you will find that holding the knitting needle and holding the crochet hook, especially for the first stitch is awkward, but once you get past the first stitch it will become easy to do. You will also need to remember that your last stitch to be counted is the stitch on the crochet hook, so plan accordingly to use this last stitch. Once you have the rhythm going, you will enjoy this particular cast on.
The crochet hook I use in the video is a Boye crochet hook, size I, which is a 5.25mm hook. It has a comfort grip that is really nice! I am also using Clover Takumi bamboo knitting needles and Red Heart Grande yarn.