One of the nicest things about solving (or "differently solving" ) the cube is this - you get to make patterns!
Rubik's Cube Patterns are arrangements of the cube that have some nice symmetry to them. There are two kinds.
- Some rubik's cube patterns can be made by repeating the same moves over and over. So they are not only a pattern of pieces, but a pattern of moves. One example is the "Six Dots" pattern.
- Other patterns can't be made by any obvious pattern of moves, but they still look very nice. An example is the "Cube in a Cube" Rubik's cube pattern.
Of course, you can also have
- Positions that are made by repeating the same moves over and over, or by apparently random sequence of moves, but otherwise don't look that nice.
Among cube experts, this third kind of pattern is called "all messed up".
Below, I've listed a few of my favourite Rubik's cube patterns. For each pattern, The link to each page contains a bigger picture, and also a movie showing how to make it.
One of the classic Rubik's Cube patterns, and one of the easiest to make, too.
The Fish Pattern
Here's a nice simple pattern, with a fish on the top and bottom faces. It's also easy to make.
Another classic Rubik's Cube Pattern, also known as six dots or snake eyes.
This easy-to-make pattern paints a zig-zag stripe around the sides of the cube
This pattern is closely related to the Zig Zag, and is almost as easy to make.
This pattern has a wiggly curve that passes through all six faces
I'll be adding more patterns to this list, so come back soon!