Judy's magic cast on Magic loop- toe up After thought heel Jenny stretchy bind off I had lots of fun doing these socks.
Try the turkish cast on. I think you will like it. And for 2x2 ribbing all I do is try on to see if I need to increase before binding off. If I do I just do KFB in the 2 knit stitches and purl the other two. On the row before I cast off and then I cast off in all knit.