This is a basic ad-hoc list of colours and some of the attributes associated with them.  It might be helpful to use it as a guideline when you’re selecting a colour for a particular person for whom you’re knitting a Prayer Shawl.

RED – love, passion, respect, energy, enthusiasm, courage, understanding, motivation, strength, warmth, vigour

MAROON – bravery, strength,

MAGENTA – spirituality, meditation, imagination, release, new beginnings

PINK – friendship, compassion, sensitivity, generosity, warm-heartedness, nurturing, soothing, admiration, gratitude, appreciation

ORANGE – thoughtfulness, vitality, attraction, creativity, energy, enthusiasm, warmth

PEACH – innocence, empathy, harmony, warmth, peace

YELLOW – wisdom, learning, optimism, intuition, faith, well-being, friendship, energizing, happiness, sociability

GREEN – earth, healing, prosperity, fertility, clarity, sympathy, hope, renewal, health, balance, confidence, abundance, growth, life; this colour is mentally and physically relaxing

AQUA – courage, balance, harmony, stability, soothing

TURQUOISE – happy, relaxing, refreshing, rejuvenating

BLUE – water, healing, meditation, tranquillity, honesty, loyalty, communication, peace, sincerity, wisdom, spirituality, faith, self-esteem, universal colour, cool and calming

TEAL – trustworthy, devotion

INDIGO – wisdom, insight, instinct, integration, integrity, spiritual nature

VIOLET – Spirit, spirituality, intuition, truth, memory, nostalgia, humility, comfort during grief or mourning, peaceful

PURPLE – power, leadership, royalty, truth, justice, temperance, spirituality, wisdom

BROWN – wholesome, honesty, steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, down-to-earth, stability

BEIGE – optimism, simplicity, calming

BLACK – Self-confidence, strength, protection, absorbs negativity, mature wisdom

WHITE- Spirit, innocence, protection, peace, purity, virtue, gentleness, perfection, illumination, reverence, humility

GOLD – masculine energy, enlightenment

SILVER – feminine energy, intuition, flexibility

GRAY – strength, balance, reliable


Many of you have written to us asking for help selecting colours for people with certain diseases or in difficult situations.  We’ve done an internet search and selected these colours based on the most popular ribbons and bracelets sold to promote awareness for these causes.  We hope you find them helpful.

Pink – Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer
Red – Heart Disease, DUI Awareness (MADD), HIV/AIDS

Cranberry – Fibromyalgia

Gray – Diabetes, Asthma, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumor, Melanoma

Pearl or Cream – Lung Cancer, Mulitple Sclerosis

Yellow – Testicular Cancer, Deployed Soldiers, Liver Cancer & Liver Disease, Bladder Cancer, Sarcoma

Blue – Arthritis, Colon Cancer

Purple – Alzheimer’s Disease, Animal Abuse, Cancer Survivor, Children with Disabilities, Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Pancreatic Cancer, All Cancers

Purple & Blue – Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lavender – Caregiver appreciation, Epilepsy, Foster Care

Orange – Hunger Awareness, Leukemia, Multiple Sclerosis

Teal – Ovarian Cancer, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Sexual Violence, Substance Abuse

White – Peace, Bone Disease & Bone Cancer, Lung Cancer

Teal and White – Cervical Cancer

Black – POW-MIA, Mourning

Blue & Yellow – Downs Syndrome

Blue Red Yellow & Teal– (primary colours) Autism

Green – Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Kidney Cancer, Mental Health, Cerebral Palsy, Lymphoma

Turquoise – Addiction Recovery

Light Blue – Chronic Illness, Thyroid Disease, Men’s Health, Prostate Cancer

Burgundy – Disabled Adults, Headaches, Hospice Care, Meningitis, Sickle Cell Anemia

Gold & Silver  – Hearing Disorders

Red & Yellow – HIV

Pink and Blue – Children’s causes: miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDs, prevention of child abuse

Red, White, and Blue – Support of the Military, Remembrance, Boy Scouts

Rainbow – Gay Pride, GBLT & Support for Equal Rights



Author: Godfrey Gregg