I have seen a number of questions about "What is the best Provisional Cast-on" There is a question on the Ravelry Men Who Knit forum that I have been reading.
For full disclosure, I have never used a provisional cast-on (well maybe 1, that will come later). My understanding is that a provisional cast on is designed to allow knitter to cast on and knit in one direction and when finished, removed the provisional stitches and knit in the other direction. A provisional cast-on can also be used to create a hem for a garment.
I have seen two basic methods of provisional cast-on 1) regular cast, and then pick-up stitches 2) waste yarn cast-on and then remove the yarn until you have live stitches.
My question is "What about Judy's Magic Cast-on?" Maybe I have knit too may socks. A figure 8 cast-on might work but I think Judys would be better. Using two circular needles cast-on the required stitches. If the circular needles are interchangeable replace the needles with cable ends. If fixed wrap rubber bands around needles to keep the stitches from falling off.
Knit with the "live" stitches until completed. To pick up the provisional stitches either replace the cable ends with needles and start knitting, or remove the rubber bands and keep knitting.
Has anyone seen this method suggested before.