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Knot Tying: Tie a Quick Release Overhand Knot

A handy knot that's instantly undone for tie-and-go uses. It's also a key component of the trucker's hitch.
Text and photos by Steve Howe
Need a primer on knot tying terminology? Click here.
  • Hold a mid-portion of the rope in both hands.
  • Twist a loop into the mid-rope section between your mitts.
  • Take a bight of rope from either departing end and shove it through the loop. For most uses, put this bight into the free end of the rope.
  • Push the bight through and adjust to the desired length.
  • Tighten the knot down so the overhand knot portion chokes down on the bight to prevent slippage.
  • To release, just pull on the free end.
  • The bight comes through the knot and the whole thing unties.
Hold a mid-portion of the rope in both hands.
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Hold a mid-portion of the rope in both hands.

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