Long tail cast-on
My favorite cast-on method is long tail. I've seen demos and read instructions in various places. One of the video demonstrations said that when this cast-on is finished, it also includes a row of knitting. Many other cast-on instructions don't include that statement. To make things even more confusing, I just now read somewhere that when this cast-on is done, you end up with a row of purl ridges.
So...... which is it? When I finish casting on using this method, do I have a row of knitting stitches, or purl stitches?
Do you use this method if you're going to knit a pattern such as rib, farrow, moss, etc? Do you consider it a selvage end and don't worry about how it fits into the overall pattern? It seems that on some patterns that are lacy (such as with a scarf) the cast-on method might be important.... is that true, and when?