She: What do you think, Kate–shall I take off another stitch or two?
He (sotto voce)–Take off another stitch! Dear, dear! I had better absent myself without delay!
This is about as racy as 1918 gets.
Note to advertisers: if you want to get a half-naked woman into the New York Times, make her an Egyptian goddess.
From the New York TImes rotogravure: the “new wartime evening gown” with a knitting pocket. Waltzing…sharp needles…what could go wrong?