**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 6**Edit

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

**Stripes**Edit

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 Cube**Edit

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

**Cube in a Cube in a Cube**Edit

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

**Cross**Edit

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

**Plummer's Cross**Edit

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

**Four Crosses**Edit

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

**Anaconda**Edit

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

**Python**Edit

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 Rattlesnake**Edit

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 Boa**Edit

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

**Six spots**Edit

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

**Orthogonal bars**Edit

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

**Six T's**Edit

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 peaks**Edit

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 pattern**Edit

U2 R2 L2 F2 B2 U2 R2 L2 F2 B2

**Superflip**Edit

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

OR

(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

OR

(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 above**Edit

**Results of the above**

## 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?

F2b2 U2d2 L2r2

## 5x5x5 PatternsEdit

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

Super Pons AsinorumL2M2R2 U2E2D2 F2S2B2

or l2r2 u2d2 f2b2

B_{2}2 F_{2}2 D_{2}' B_{2}2 F_{2}2 D_{2}2 L_{2}2 R_{2}2 U_{2}' L_{2}2 R_{2}' B_{2}2 F_{2}2 U_{2}2 B_{2}2 F_{2}2 U_{2}2 R_{2}'

## 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.