Have fun trying different crochet stitch patterns and colour combinations during my Colourful Crochet Stitches short course.
The cable cast-on method is my go-to method for teaching beginners. I like it because a new stitch is formed by moving the yarn in the same way as knitting, which means less for beginners to learn. And this method produces a cast-on edge that is firm and tidy even after knitting rows of stitches.
How to knit tutorial: cable cast-on method (for knitting right-handed). The cable cast-on method is my go-to method for teaching beginners.