Pretty Rubik´s Cube patterns with algorithms

Are you tired of solving youR2ubik´s Cube always the same way and are you looking for a new challenge? Try to reproduce or invent some pretty patterns! In thiS2ection I´m going to present some of my favorite Rubik´s Cube patterns algorithms with preview images, like the famous Superflip, the checkerboard, the snake patterns, the cross, the cube in a cube and other nice motives. If you've got bored solving the Rubik's Cube always the same way and you're looking for a new challenge try to reach one of these patterns without watching the algorithmS2upplied.

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In case you don´t know what these letters mean you should get started by reading the Rubik´s notation. If you don´t have a Magic Cube go ahead and use the online Rubik´s Cube solver program where you can apply rotations or even solve the cube online.

3x3 designs

Scroll down to see the whole gallery and the rotations needed to reach them from the solved position. Also check out the second page of the list with more patterns!

The Superflip

The SuperFlip is the "most scrambled" Rubik's Cube pattern. Every piece is where it'S2upposed to be but thE2dges are oriented wrong. Computer programs need the highest amount of steps (20) to solve thiS2tate.

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

The Checkerboard

Corner pieces are in place, oriented the correct way, but thE2dges are shifted to the the adjacent face to form this nice-looking design.
Rubik´s checkerboard pattern
F B2 R' D2 B R U D' R L' D' F' R2 D F2 B'




The easy checkerboard

The most simple algorithm in this list, it only takes three double middle layer moves to make it.

Rubik´s Vertical stripes pattern
U2 D2 F2 B2 L2 R2
The same as:
M2 E2 S2

Wire

spiral pattern
(R L F B) x 3 - R2 B2 L2 R2 B2 L2

Tablecloth

Or Kilt (Scottish Skirt) design

Rubik´s Cube spiral pattern
R L U2 F' U2 D2 R2 L2 F' D2 F2 D R2 L2 F2 B2 D B2 L2

Spiral pattern

This one looks great on bigger puzzles

spiral pattern
L' B' D U R U' R' D2 R2 D L D' L' R' F U

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The header of SpeedSolving.com website.
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R' L' U2 F2 D2 F2 R L B2 U2 B2 U2

Vertical stripes

Vertical stripes
F U F R L2 B D' R D2 L D' B R2 L F U F

Opposite corners

Opposite corners Rubik's pattern
R L U2 F2 D2 F2 R L F2 D2 B2 D2

Cross

cross pattern
U F B' L2 U2 L2 F' B U2 L2 U

Cross 2

Rubik´s Cross 2 pattern
R2 L' D F2 R' D' R' L U' D R D B2 R' U D2

Twisted cube in the big cube

Rubix Twisted cube in the big cube pattern
F L F U' R U F2 L2 U' L' B D' B' L2 U

Cube in a cube in a cube...

Rubik´s Cube in a cube in a cube pattern
U' L' U' F' R2 B' R F U B2 U B' L U' F U R F'

Anaconda

Rubik´s Anaconda pattern
L U B' U' R L' B R' F B' D R D' F'

Python

Rubik´s Python pattern
F2 R' B' U R' L F' L F' B D' R B L2

Black Mamba

Rubik´s Black Mamba pattern
R D L F' R L' D R' U D' B U' R' D'

Green Mamba

Rubik´s Green Mamba pattern
R D R F R' F' B D R' U' B' U D2

Four spots

Rubik´s Four spots pattern
F2 B2 U D' R2 L2 U D'

Six spots

Rubik´S2ix spot pattern
U D' R L' F B' U D'

The same with middle layer turns: E S E' S'

Twister

Rubik´s Twister pattern
F R' U L F' L' F U' R U L' U' L F'

Center-Edge-Corner

Center-Edge-Corner pattern
U' R2 L2 F2 B2 U' R L F B' U F2 D2 R2 L2 F2 U2 F2 U' F2

Tetris

Rubik´s plus with dot pattern
L R F B U' D' L' R'

Henry's Zig Zag with Checkerboard

Henry's Zig Zag with Checkerboard patterns
R2 L2 F2 B2 U F2 B2 U2 F2 B2 U

Facing Checkerboards

Facing Checkerboards
U2 F2 U2 F2 B2 U2 F2 D2

How to undo a scramble

Apply the inverse rotations of the backward algorithm to revert the cube to the solved cube (or the initial position).

Let's take a short algorithm for the demonstration, the Cross: U F B’ L2 U2 L2 F’ B U2 L2 U
Written backwards: U L2 U2 B F’ L2 U2 L2 B’ F U
Replace the moves with the inverse rotations: U’ L2 U2 B’ F L2 U2 L2 B F’ U’

– this will undo the Cross algorithm.
Note that double rotations, marked with 2 are the inverse rotations of themselves because it doesn't matter in which direction you perform a half turn.
Use this method to calculate the reverse moves for any pattern in the list.

twisty puzzle patterns
Check out the various twisty puzzle gallery too.

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