How would I go about un-ribbing it? Sorry if I sound dumb...but I'm a total newbie!
I enlarged the photo of the white one, and it is definitely crocheted. Your starting chain would be in the center and you'd be crocheting around, on both sides of the chain.
Yes, my friend has one. It is really thick yarn, but it's double (as in from two separate balls used as one).
It looks knit in person. It has the perfect stockinette ">>>>>>>" going horizontally (as in the very last photo).
Also in the 2nd big photo, how did they get the perfect "V" shape near the ears?
Would it be possible that it's knit and crochet? Meaning the 4 rows on the left and the 4 on the right (the v shape) are then crocheted together with two rows of single stitch crochet? The "V" near the ears look so perfect. Crochet is a little sloppy, no? You can get angular edges like that. Can you?
Honestly, I'm so frustrated after trying to figure it out, I may just cave and cough up the $50 for the darn thing! I've spent way more on yarn, needles, hooks, books, etc. :\