Many machine knitters (especially those who started out as hand knitters and/or spinners) cringe at the idea of "waste yarn". I've seen knitters take time to collect small balls of yarn to use over and over for scrap and ravel cast on.
Seriously? You don't have enough yarn in your stash to throw away a few yards of yarn now and then?
If you are "one of those" think about using a Cast on rag.
Recently I ran across a suggestion to crochet a strip to use for casting on. What a great idea! Chain the desired length, then work a couple of rows of single or double crochet. Work this loosely.
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