Wendy's Generic Toe Up Sock Pattern. It's the one that I adapt to use with just about all other sock patterns. I guess I'm just too lazy to bother trying anything else. It's a matter of "don't mess with what works".
Until recently I used to go up several size needles for the cast off to ensure that it is stretchy enough not to be a tourniquet, and then still using a suspended cast off, after discovering Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off, which allows you to use the same size needle you've been using to do the casting off.