My goal of writing a toe-up sock pattern was almost thwarted when I had some trouble deciding on a cast-on method. The Knitty article on the subject, while very informative, didn't really have what I was looking for. I was uncomfortable with the crochet cast on method since I wanted the pattern to be simple for all knitters, not just those who had ventured out far enough to buy a crochet hook. The figure 8 cast-on method looks good on the sock, but isn't very practical for those with fewer than 3 hands. By the time I figured out which stitch to knit into, it had fallen of my needle already.

So I came up with the ultimate cheat: I'm calling it the Zig-Zag cast-on method. (For all I know, this technique may have a name already, but since I quasi-invented it, I'm quasi-naming it, too.) Sock-knitting purists wanting an invisible seam may not like this technique, since it leaves a pretty obvious "braid" of stitches across the top, but it's nothing that will negatively affect the comfort level of your toes once the sock is worn.

Start by casting on as many toe-tip stitches as your pattern calls for, all on one needle. For this example, I am casting on 16 stitches, but if you are using tiny sock yarn & needles, you'll likely need many more.

Take 2 needles, held together side by side, and begin slipping your stitches as if to purl. Every other stitch goes on every other needle. Shown here halfway done:

...and fully transferred:

Step 3:
Begin knitting in the round as usual. On your first round, knit the stitches onto your preferred needles (3 dpns, 4 dpns, 2 circulars, etc.) and increase as your pattern instructs. Here's my toe after a few rows of increases: