Color Chart


~ By Vicky Galo & Janet Bristow, 1998

Copyright ©2015 


This is a basic ad hoc list of colors and some of the attributes associated with them.  It might be helpful to use

it as a guideline when you’re selecting a color for a particular person for whom you’re knitting a Prayer Shawl.



RED - love, passion, respect, energy, enthusiasm, courage, understanding, motivation, strength, warmth, vigor


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 color is mentally and physically relaxing


AQUA – courage, balance, harmony, stability, soothing


TURQUOISE – happy, relaxing, refreshing, rejuvenating


BLUE - water, healing, meditation, tranquility, honesty, loyalty, communication, peace,

              sincerity, wisdom, spirituality, faith, self-esteem, universal color, cool & 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 colors for people with certain diseases or in difficult situations.  We’ve done an internet search and selected these colors 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 colors) 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 our Military, 911 Remembrance, Boy Scouts

Rainbow - Gay Pride, GBLT & Support for Equal Rights





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