Step 6: Properly twisting strands
If you've ever made your own twisted rope, you know how to do this properly.
If you haven't, here is a short video illustrating the process.
Basically, you twist every strand a bit in one direction and then lay it against the others wrapping it in the opposite direction.
The same techniques applies for 4,3, or 2 strand sections.
Twisting the strands: