Sometimes I want a patch instead of a visible mend on a garment, I like the look. Sometimes I just want a cute little patch because it's cute.
I have a set of Minute Weavers from Purl and Loop that make 2"-ish woven squares. They are great for making tiny patches. The set comes with three weavers that use fingering to worsted weight yarns.
They are a spectacular take-along project, or I-just-need-to-finish-something-real-quick project, or maybe you need a coaster for your shot glass.
The patch in the photos is woven from a Merino single (I think it's Hedgehog Fibres), the color is so magnificent that I will put up with the inevitable pilling.
This little patch was destined to cover a little hole in a sweater, but since I’ve made it, I’ve been carrying it with me and just petting it. I guess sometimes a wee patch is all I need for some fiber comfort.