# List of pretty patterns

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

 Alg M2 S2 E2
 Alg R2 L2 F2 B2 U2 D2

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

 Alg M2 S2 E2

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

 Alg M S M' S'
 Alg (M z)4

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

 Alg M2 S M2 S'

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

 Alg (M2 U2)2 z (M2 U2)2

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.

 Alg ((M' U)4 x' z)3

(M U M U M U M U X Y')3 - easier version of superflip

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.

U' D L2 U B2 D2 B2 D2 L F' U D' R U' F2 L F' B' - Scrambles three faces of the cube leaving the other three solved. This is used for the 'trick' where it appears that you're solving the cube in a second as seen on Britain's Got Talent.

### 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.

### 4x4x4 Cube

Create a checkerboard pattern on 4 faces.

### 5x5x5 Cube

Create a checkerboard pattern on 4 faces.

Create a checkerboard pattern on 6 faces.

### Higher Order Cubes

Create a checkerboard pattern on 4 faces.

### 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.