Here's my recycled jeans rug - I made it using recycled bamboo sticks as needles, with a simple stockinette stitch, and a knit 2 border on all 4 sides to stop it rolling.
Here's the purl side.. but I like the roughness of the knit side too!
The main time issue was that I didn't get a good graduation in colour the first time round, had to frog what I'd done, and make up my jeans-yarn (jarn?!) again. It was hard using the bits where the seams were, but I powered through, because I wanted as big a rug as possible for my jeans. What you see there is 2 pairs worth of fabric, but nice and thick to keep my feet warm in the kitchen. The thinner the strips, the easier it was, any thicker and  would have been tempted to try arm knitting 

Here's how I ended up arranging my strips before attaching them together, to make sure I got a graduated ombre effect: 


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