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Step 1, Solve the First Layer Edges

For the purposes of this tutorial, I will start by solving the White edges, so White is the Bottom Layer. You can of course start with any colour, but once you have chosen one, stick to it, and get used to it. This will help you to become fast at solving the Bottom Layer Edges.

There are 4 First Layer Edges edges under consideration; these are White/Red, White/Green, White/Orange, and White/Blue. It is very important that you don't just place the 4 edges in the bottom layer in any old position, you must place each one inbetween the two centre pieces of the same colours as the colours on the edge piece you are solving. So for example, to solve the White/Orange edge, you would position it between the White centre and the Orange centre, with the Whites matching, and the Oranges matching.

Use the top layer to find the edge pieces with White on. There are two possible states the edge could be in, one where the White sticker is on the U face, and another where the White sticker is around the edges. Use the following moves to place them in the right position:

  • Turn the U layer to line up the other colour (not White) with the centre piece of the same colour.
  • Then turn the face that has that centre colour 180 degrees to put the edge in the right place.
  • Turn the U layer so that the edge cubie is above a centre piece which is 90 degrees away from the centre which has the same colour as the edge (not White).
  • Turn the face with the White colour on so that the centre colour and the other colour line up and match.
  • Turn the matching pieces so that the White colour sits on the D (Bottom) face.
  • Turn the other face back to restore a White edge that may have been knocked out of place.

But if the edges you are looking for are in the Middle Layer, or are already in the Bottom Layer but not solved, you must first move them up to the Top Layer, and then use the above procedures to solve them. The following procedures show you how to achieve this:

Edge piece in Middle Layer Edge piece in Bottom Layer but not solved
  • Lift the edge upto the U Layer, so that the White sticker is on the U face.
  • Turn the U Layer, to line up the other colour (not White) with the centre piece of the same colour.
  • Restore the layer which you moved to bring the White sticker to the U face, because you might have knocked a solved edge out of place.
  • Finally, solve the White edge piece as before.
  • Simply bring the Edge up to the Top Layer.
  • Now solve as before.

Repeat the above procedures for all 4 First Layer Edge pieces. You should end up with a Cross shape of your chosen colour on the bottom face (in this case, White), and the edge colours around the side should also match up with the centre piece colour above it. Below is a java applet showing what the cross should look like. Click and drag it, to get a 3D view of what the Cross should look like when solved.

The first step is the most difficult, you have the least experience at solving the cube and you have so much freedom to move pieces around it is hard to visualise what is going on at first. But believe me, with practise, you will soon be solving the First Layer Edges quickly, and once you can do this you are ready to move on to the next step.

Proceed to solve the First Layer Corners

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