Making the mini cables without a cable needle.
I learnt this so many years ago I can no longer remember where or when. But everyone else seems to do very peculiar things and even reverse stitches by taking them off the needle. I do not like this as there is a huge danger of dropping stitches
For a left sloping twist
then knit through front leg of first stitch.
Slip both stitches onto rh needle.
For a right sloping twist
then knit the first stitch on lh needle through front leg,
slip both stitches off the lh needle onto rh needle.
This is exactly the same as the cable stitch with no twists in the actual stitches themselves.