I have here an example of ribbing from a baby crochet project two decades ago.
And here are two samples of my Mom's single-crochet ribbing:
But recently, I thought of a crochet design while admiring a picture of a knitted tunic top. I realized there isn't any substitute for crochet ribbing to get the effect that I wanted.
Now that I've learned to use bigger hooks to crochet with threads, I found the right size hook and the right kind of ribbing - I'm liking it so much. Hooray to hdc ribbing!