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Speed cube patterns

Speed cubes are not just for speedsolving you can also create cool patterns on them. There are tons of great speed cube patterns out there. We have put together a selection of patterns for the 3x3 speed cube. On this page, you will find 12 simple and slightly more complicated speed cube patterns.
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Under Speed Cube Notation, you can learn how to read the algorithms correctly. You will need this understanding of notations to create patterns on your cube.

Patterns for 3x3 speed cubes

Always start with a solved speed cube. If you would like to undo the speed cube pattern, simply retrace each step in reverse order and turn in the opposite direction. In the beginning, we recommend you start with the simpler speed cube patterns.

Illustration – Checkerboard pattern on a speed cube

The easy Checkerboard

U2 D2 F2 B2 L2 R2 or, if you only want to use the middle layers: M2 E2 S2
Illustration – Flower pattern on a speed cube


R2 D2 R2 U2 R2 F2 U2 D2 F2 U2
Illustration – Six spots on a speed cube


E S E' S' U D' R L' F B' U D'
Illustration – Deckerboard pattern on a speed cube


U D R L' F' B U D' R2 U R2 L2 D2 F2 B2 D

Illustration – Cross pattern on a speed cube

4 crosses

U2 R2 L2 F2 B2 D2 L2 R2 F2 B2
Illustration – 'Cube in a cube' pattern on a speed cube

Cube in a cube

F L F U' R U F2 L2 U' L' B D'
B' L2 U
Illustration – Viaduct pattern on a speed cube


R2 U2 L2 D B2 L2 B2 R2 D' U L' D F' U' R2 F' U B2 U2 R'
Illustration – Spiral pattern on a speed cube


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

Illustration – Quote mark pattern on a speed cube


U2 F2 D2 B2 R2 U2 B2 R2 U2 R2
Illustration – Gift box pattern on a speed cube

Gift Box

U B2 R2 B2 L2 F2 R2 D' F2 L2 B F' L F2 D U' R2 F' L' R'
Illustration – Slash pattern on a speed cube


Illustration – 'The superflip' pattern on a speed cube

The Superflip

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

Patterns for other combination puzzles

Are the patterns for the 3x3 speed cube no longer a challenge for you? There are patterns for other twisty puzzles too. How about putting patterns on your Pyraminx or Megaminx? As a little bonus for you, we have a popular pattern for each:

Illustration – Completed star pattern on a Megaminx

Star pattern for the Megaminx

(BR2' R2 BR' U BR R2' BR' U2' BR' U' BR2 R2 U' R2' BR2' L2 BL2 R2 U2 BL2' L2' U2 R2' U' L2 BL2 U' BL2' U2 L2' BL2 U2' L2 U2' L2')
F2 R2 U2' R2' F2' U2' BL2' R2 F2 U2' F2' U2' R2' F2 U2' F2' R2 U2' R2' U I2 D2 I2' BF2' I2 BF2 D' BF2' I2' BF2 I2 D' I2'
You can find a useful visualisation of this notation in this YouTube video.

Illustration – Flower pattern on a Pyraminx

Flower pattern for the Pyraminx

L U L B' R U' L B R'

Not challenging enough? Become an artist

You could also recreate the flags of various countries. Check out the video below for ideas. Or create mosaic portraits with individual cubes like the speedcuber in the second video. There are countless possibilities to make cool patterns and images out of cubes. Discover the artist in you!