Knots

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.


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Hold a mid-portion of the rope in both hands.

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Twist a loop into the mid-rope section between your mitts.

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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.

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Push the bight through and adjust to the desired length.

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Tighten the knot down so the overhand knot portion chokes down on the bight to prevent slippage.

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To release, just pull on the free end.

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The bight comes through the knot and the whole thing unties.

Text and photos by Steve Howe

Need a primer on knot tying terminology? Click here.