The checkerboard pattern

Patterns can make a bland Rubik's Cube a lot more exciting and if you memorize them, you can really impress your friends! In this article, there will be many patterns along with algorithms to show how to make patterns from a solved cube. (See Notation for what the sequences mean.)

3x3x3 Pattern AlgorithmsEdit

Checkerboard (Pons Asinorum)Edit

L2 R2 F2 B2 U2 D2 (or) M2 E2 S2

Twisted Checkerboard (Saltires)Edit

F B2 R' D2 B R U D' R L' D' F' R2 D F2 B'

Checkerboard of order 6Edit

R' D' F' D L F U2 B' L U D' R' D' L F L2 U F'

Checkerboard With T and U Edit

D2 R2 L2 F2 B2 (or) D2 M2 S2


F U F R L2 B D’ R D2 L D’ B R2 L F U F    

Middle Stripes Edit

(M F2 M2 B2 M) y (M F2 M2 B2 M)

Pillars Edit

L2 R2 B2 F2

Rudicks Cube Edit

(M F2 M2 B2 M) y (M F2 M2 B2 M) D2

Cube in a CubeEdit

F L F U' R U F2 L2 U' L' B D' B' L2 U

Cube in a Cube in a CubeEdit

U’ L’ U’ F’ R2 B’ R F U B2 U B’ L U’ F U R F’

Cube in a Cube in a Cube With Exchanged Rings Edit

B’ U’ B’ L’ D B U D2 B U L D’ L’ U’ L2 D


U F B' L2 U2 L2 F' B U2 L2 U

Plummer's CrossEdit

R2 L' D F2 R' D' R' L U' D R D B2 R' U D2

Four CrossesEdit

B2 F2 D' L2 R2 U2 B2 F2 U' R D2 L2 R2 U2 R'


L U B' U' R L' B R' F B' D R D' F'


F2 R' B' U R' L F' L F' B D' R B L2

Black Mamba Edit

R D L F' R L' D R' U D' B U' R' D'

Green Mamba Edit

R D R F R' F' B D R' U' B' U D2

Female Rattlesnake Edit

U2 D' L2 D B U B' R' L2 U2 F U' F R

Male RattlesnakeEdit

R' F' U F' U2 R L2 B U' B' D' L2 U2 D

Female Boa Edit

R U' R2 U2 F D2 R2 U' D' R D' F'

Male BoaEdit

F D R' U D R2 D2 F' U2 R2 U R'

Six spotsEdit

E M E M E M E M (or) E M E' M'

Orthogonal barsEdit

F R' U L F' L' F U' R U L' U' L F'

Six T'sEdit

F2 R2 U2 F' B D2 L2 F B

Six-two-one Edit

U B2 D2 L B' L' U' L' B D2 B2

Exchanged peaksEdit

F U2 L F L' B L U B' R' L' U R' D' F' B R2

Two twisted peaks Edit

(F B' or S') U F U F U L B L2 B' U F' L U L' B

Four twisted peaks Edit

U' D B R' F R B' L' F' B L F R' B' R F' U' D

Exchanged chicken feet Edit

F L’ D’ B’ L F U F’ D’ F L2 B’ R’ U L2 D’ F

H patternEdit

U2 R2 L2 F2 B2 U2 R2 L2 F2 B2


U R2 F B R B2 R U2 L B2 R U' D' R2 F R' L B2 U2 F2


(M' U M' U M' U M' U x y') x 3

India's and Sierra Leone's Flags Edit

L R' U D B D2 B2 D' 

Note: Start with Blue in front and White on top; it will not work otherwise. Sierra Leone's flag will be upside down; it should be Blue, White and Green on the White side, so turn it around (y2) for the flag right side up. You won't see the circle-sun thing for the Indian flag.)

Three Edge Switch Edit

F', L', B', R', U', R, B, L, F, U for clockwise

(F', L', B', R', U', R, B, L, F, U) x 2 for counterclockwise

Two Dots on Four Sides Without Single Dot Edit

(D2 R2 L2 F2 B2) x 2


(D2 M2 S2) x 2

Two Dots on Four Sides With Single Dot Edit

R2 U D F2 B2 U D L2

Two Dots on Two Sides Edit

U2 L2 R2 D2 L2 R2

Ying Yang Edit

R L B F R L U’ D’ F’ B’ U D

Twisted Ying Yang Edit

L R F B U’ D’ L’ R’

Results of the aboveEdit

4x4x4 PatternsEdit

Two centres swapped (this is possible only on even-order cubes); not very interesting in itself, but a possible basis for other patterns. Has anyone got an algorithm?

Checkerboards and stripes.

F2b2 U2d2 L2r2

Cube in a cube in a cube in a cube.

5x5x5 PatternsEdit

The following are all possible; if anyone knows an efficient algorithm for any of these, please add it.

Super Pons Asinorum

L2M2R2 U2E2D2 F2S2B2

or l2r2 u2d2 f2b2

Cube in a cube in a cube in a cube in a cube

Dots. The U face is the logo of the Royal Air Force and of The Who.

Six rings to rule them all!

Four-dot pattern

Another four-dot pattern

Prof es

B22 F22 D2' B22 F22 D22 L22 R22 U2' L22 R2' B22 F22 U22 B22 F22 U22 R2'


Four diamond checkerboards.

Six diamond checkerboards.

Four diamonds.

Six diamonds.

Pyramorphix PatternsEdit

In the following, "F" means a turn of the red-yellow edge (if the Pyramorphix is held in the illustrated position, which of course it need not be). "L" means a turn of the red-blue edge, and "R" a turn of the yellow-blue edge.
F2 L2 R2 L2
(every face shows all four colours)
F2 L2 R2 F2

Impossible PatternsEdit

Unfortunately, some desirable patterns turn out to be impossible. The two below were both featured as jokes on badges (captioned "Try this one!") in the 1980s.



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