List of pretty patterns

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A pretty pattern is an aesthetic state of a puzzle. Some cubers create and share pretty patterns for amusement.

Examples of Simple Pretty Patterns

3x3x3 Cube

Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg M2 S2 E2
Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg R2 L2 F2 B2 U2 D2


M2 E2 S2 - "Pons Asinorum", creates a checkerboard pattern on each face.

Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg M2 S2 E2


M S M' S' - "6-Spot", moves all six center pieces around.

Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg M S M' S


M2 S M2 S' - "4-Spot", moves four of the center pieces around.

Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg M2 S M2 S'


(L2 F2 R2 B2)3 - creates a checkerboard on two opposite faces.

Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg L2 F2 R2 B2 L2 F2 R2 B2 L2 F2 R2 B2


U R2 F B R B2 R U2 L B2 R U' D' R2 F R' L B2 U2 F2 - superflip, flips all edges on the cube without affecting anything else.

Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg 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')3 - easier version of superflip

Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg M U M U M U M U X Y' M U M U M U M U X Y' M U M U M U M U X Y'


U2 B2 U2 B2 L R F2 D2 F2 U2 L' R' - Creates the 'Speedsolving.com' logo on a physical cube. Doing the algorithm again re-solves the cube.

Speedsolving Logo tiny.gif Alg U2 B2 U2 B2 L R F2 D2 F2 U2 L' R'


2x2x2 Cube

Some patterns can be found easily just by doing a combination of 180 degree twists.

R2 F2 R2 U2 - creates a checkerboard pattern on four faces.

F2 R2 U2 F2 - creates a striped pattern on each face.

F2 R2 F2 - creates stripes on four of the faces. (This is also a PBL case.)

F2 R2 U' F' U R' U2 R U' F' - creates a 'cube in a cube' effect.

Other Puzzles

Pretty patterns are possible for every puzzle, but for some puzzles (such as Megaminx) the algorithms to create them would be so long and unwieldy that pattern creators do not even try to create them. In these cases it is necessary to just solve the puzzle into the required pattern, which is in fact one possible way to create any pattern on any puzzle.

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