Okay, I think I need other stranding or fair isle patterns for just two colors. I started with a chart for a Hermione scarf
(in one of the Harry Potter movies) but it is for multiple colors on a white background.
I found a simple (fir) tree pattern but was hoping for a snowflake or something. I suppose I could just go with some words since I have letter patterns I could try.
Ah, Judy Becker's Magic Cast-On has one purl row completed after cast on when compared with Turkish cast on.
So I see it as a Turkish cast on combined with the long tail or double cast on. I think the live stitches are a little more stable for me with the magic cast on. I wasn't able to get knitting with the Turkish cast on.
So, I think I'll stick with the magic cast on.